Non Profit Community-Owned Gardens in Lakeland, Florida

THE MISSION

The Backyard Community Gardens will be a place for Lakelanders to come together and grow their own food. It is our absolute mission to make locally and organically grown food more accessible to the community. We feel strongly that organic and sustainable growing practices are vital to protecting the environment and human health.

Florida’s waterways, wildlife, and land are repeatedly challenged by commercial farming practices. By the over-use of fertilizers and irrigation, the application of synthetic pesticides, and the disregard for natural ecosystems, our drinking water and Florida’s diverse habitats continue to be endangered.

The Backyard wants to re-introduce the concept of growing your own food, in your own backyard (those without one, use ours!), using organic gardening practices, to help combat irresponsible farming practices, but also to promote healthy living. It’s important not only to eat more fresh produce everyday, but to know what is in (and on) your food. Some members of our wonderful team have personally lost loved ones to disease that is directly linked to poor nutrition and diet.

NEWS & UPDATES

Recruiting Team Members

Hello Lakeland community, The Backyard is looking to expand our core team of volunteers! We would love to find other passionate Lakelanders who share our values, and who would be excited to offer a helping hand in bringing a community garden to their very own...

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Pictures from our Public Garden Workday

A huge thank you to all who came out on Saturday to help us shovel. 💪 We had an awesome time and filled up every last garden bed! Woo-hoo! One MAJOR step closer to completion! Have a wonderful week, Lakeland! Don't forget to get outside and enjoy the gorgeous weather...

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Public Garden Workday – Saturday, 3/17

We are hosting a public garden workday this Saturday, 3/17 between 9am and 12pm. For this workday event, we'll be hauling (via wheelbarrows) and shoveling 10 tons of dirt into the individual garden beds! Bring your shovel, and if you have a wheelbarrow to share, that...

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