Garden and Outdoor Classroom

The Garden connects CommuniCare and the larger community to good food and to each other in order to improve health and well-being. Thank you for joining our movement!

Hansen Family Health Center patients can ask a team member for produce or help themselves to a prepared bag in the waiting room. Produce distribution activities comply with all public and environmental health recommendations.

Background

Hansen Family Health Center opened to offer comprehensive health care services to the Woodland community in 2014. The empty lot to the south served a staging ground during construction, and prior to that, it was a parking lot for the county health department building that was demolished to build the health center. Beyond a row of shade trees, the lot primarily grew star thistle, a particularly noxious weed.

Staff and patients advocated to see the empty lot used to grow food, provide beauty and extend health care services to an outdoor setting. Garden planning began in earnest in 2018 when CommuniCare’s leadership team agreed to convert a quarter-acre portion of the lot into a garden and outdoor classroom.

Local businesses have generously supported the installation with both in-kind and monetary donations. When the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to halt many activities, the related economic and hunger crisis added urgency to the garden’s mission.

Our 12 raised beds comprise 576 ft2 of growing area and are producing a variety of vegetable crops; 3 of the beds are accessible to all abilities. 10 fruit trees are planted, and four additional trees will grow in raised planters. The garden includes 3500 ft2 of accessible pathways and a yet-to-be constructed shade structure will be used as an Outdoor Classroom.

More information is available here: https://bit.ly/3ePG1ix

The Garden has been made possible through the generosity of private donors and local organizations, including (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Allweather Wood
  • Andrea Mayer
  • Bayer Crop Sciences
  • Bridget and Jeff Levich
  • CAL FIRE
  • City of Woodland
  • Clark Pacific
  • Davis Food Co-op
  • Hunter Industries
  • John and Eunice Davidson Fund
  • Northern California Construction Training
  • Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
  • Sutter Davis Hospital
  • Yolo County Arborist
  • Yolo Farm to Fork

To learn more about the Garden & Outdoor Classroom project please contact: