The introduction of community gardens reduces the impact of food deserts in low-income areas and allow residents greater access to nutritious food that is necessary to live a healthy life.

A food dessert is anywhere farther than three miles from a grocery store. There are many reasons for the distance, but community gardens could be a solution because they include so many other benefits including:

Community gardens:

  • Help improve air and soil quality
  • Increase biodiversity of plants and animals
  • Reduce “food miles” that are required to transport nutritious food
  • Can replace impervious structures and improve water infiltration
  • Can reduce neighborhood waste through composting
  • Positively impact the urban micro-climate

Low accessibility to nutritious foods can cause health problems to residents located in food deserts. Community gardens are beneficial in these areas because they:

  • Increase access to fresh foods
  • Improve food security
  • Increase physical activity through garden maintenance activities
  • Improve dietary habits through education
  • Increase fruit and vegetable intake
  • Reduce risk of obesity and obesity-related diseases
  • Improve mental health and promote relaxation

If you or community is interested in starting a community garden, check out this awesome resource for starting community gardens from Tulsa Food Security.

If you’re interested in joining an existing community garden, check out the list below to find one near you. Contact us to add your community’s garden to this list!

Creek County

Caring Community Friends

12 W Burnham Ave, Sapulpa, OK 74066
Contact | Facebook

Muskogee County

City of Muskogee

Spaulding Park
E Okmulgee Ave.
Contact: (918) 684-6392

Civitan Park
3301 Gibson St.
Contact: (918) 684-6302

Chandler Road
Contact: (918) 684-6302

Teen Center
322 Callahan St.
Contact: (918) 684-6345

MLK Community Center
300 W Martin Luther King St.
Contact: (918) 684-6314

Oklahoma County

Urban Neighbors

417 West Park Place, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Shelley Pruitt
Contact | Facebook

Tulsa County

Brady Heights Community Garden

Brady Heights Historic Neighborhood District, N. Cheyenne Ave.
Contact: Nathan Pickard

Broken Arrows Neighbors Community Garden

315 W. College, Broken Arrow, OK
Contact: Kim Goddard

Challenger Park 7

3909 W. 41st St., Tulsa, OK
Contact: Karen Nelson
Email | Facebook

North Regional Health & Wellness Center Garden

5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Contact: Patrick Hilton

PH Community Garden

306 S. Phoenix Ave, Tulsa
Contact: Tyler Black

Riverwood Community Garden

6202 S. Peoria, Tulsa, OK
Contact: Mey Satteren

Tipton Community Garden

2211 E. 1st St., Tulsa, OK
Contact: Lori Wright E.D.

Turley Welcome Table

6005 N. Johnstown Ave. Turley, OK
Contact: Bonnie Ashing
Email | Facebook

Victory Community Garden

5502 S. Harvard Ave. Tulsa, OK
Contact: Pastor Kevin Howard

Welcome Table Garden Park

5201-5299 N Rockford Ave, Tulsa, OK 74126
Contact: Bonnie Ashing
Email | Facebook

Global Gardens

Asbury Corner
9737 E 66th St, Tulsa, OK
Contact: Colby Craige
Email | Facebook

Family Food Farm
9743 E 66th St, Tulsa, OK
Contact: Colby Craige
Email | Facebook

The Harvest Garden
4407 South Olive Avenue, Broken Arrow, OK
Contact: Brenda Nickels
Email | Facebook