The first Sustainable Green Bay Community Garden Tour was held on July 29, 2011. It was organized by the Food and Local Health Committee.
The first garden that was visited was Tsyunhehkwa (joon-hey-qwa) Community Garden, located just off Highway 54 in Oneida. The group learned that the Tsyunhehkwa gardens were started in 1999, they are open to the public (tribal and non-tribal) and they have about 15 sites. Plots are rented out by season, for a cost of $15.00, water is delivered on a regular basis and the lawn is mowed. Tsyunhehkwa is an organic garden, and these gardening techniques are required. The use of GMOs or treated seeds is prohibited. Gardeners are encouraged to sell at the Oneida Farmer’s Market on Thursdays, located at the Oneida One Stop on Highway 54. A community cannery is also available (for a small fee) to put away food for future use.
The second garden that was visited was Seymour Park Community Garden, where the catch phrase is “Everything we grow is shared with the community!” The Seymour Community Garden is sponsored by the Seymour Park Neighborhood Association. On two city lots, the Seymour Park Community Garden grows vegetables that are donated to local food pantries, community residents and children in the park. The Seymour Park Community Garden partners with the Green Bay Park and Recreation Department to teach children in the neighborhood about gardening, nutrition and civic engagement. The garden relies heavily on volunteer involvement and the food is shared with local food pantries.
The third garden visited was the University Avenue Community Garden, located on a city lot on University Avenue between Golden House and St. George Street. The University Avenue Community Garden included traditional ground level plots as well as raised boxes to accommodate the accessibility needs of local residents. In partnership with the Three Corners Neighborhood Association, Norbertine Volunteer Community and local residents, the garden combines leased and community growing opportunities. Produce is currently shared among participating residents, Golden House residents and those who express a need. The garden received grants from the Lowe foundation and the St. Norbert Business Student Organization for materials for the raised beds; and the neighboring Norbertine Volunteer Community supplies the water.