The Benicia Community Gardens Story

The story of Benicia Community Gardens (BCG) begins when the late Dr. Ed Swenson established Benicia’s first community garden in 1999 on a property at Military & East 2nd Streets owned by Heritage Presbyterian Church.  With the start of the garden, Dr. Swenson also envisioned creating a non-profit organization, Benicia Community Gardens (BCG). From the early days of our existence, the primary mission of BCG has always been educational: to provide opportunities for people of all ages, skills and abilities to learn about and practice organic farming methods suitable for home yards and limited urban spaces. That very first garden, Swenson Garden, was named after Dr. Swenson in gratitude for his vision and his contribution to community sustainability at the time when this concept was not even widely understood.

We carry on Dr. Swenson’s vision that a community garden is a place of welcoming, invigorating activity and hands-on practice that can produce a “second harvest” of important social, economic, and ecological benefits. In learning to maintain nutrient-rich soils and to grow robust healthy food crops year-round, new gardeners become seasoned advocates for improved nutrition, public health, water conservation, and better stewardship of our lands and waterways so that future generations might sustain themselves.

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Upcoming Events

Jul
25
Tue
5:30 pm Mini Orchard Workday @ Community Orchard, Heritage Presbyterian Church
Mini Orchard Workday @ Community Orchard, Heritage Presbyterian Church
Jul 25 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Workdays are mandatory for Orchard members, but the public is welcome to come lend a hand at our monthly orchard workday, learn about orchard care taking and ask questions. Make sure to stay for a potluck and social[...]
5:30 pm Mini-Orchard Workdays @ Community Orchard, Heritage Presbyterian Church
Mini-Orchard Workdays @ Community Orchard, Heritage Presbyterian Church
Jul 25 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sustainable Solano established a hillside community orchard in Benicia in 2014 that serves as an educational lab for the entire community on ecological small-scale orchard planting and management. The public is welcome to lend a hand at[...]
Jul
29
Sat
9:00 am Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Jul 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
BCG maintains a Benicia Community Share Plot where we grow food for donation to the community members in need. It’s cared for by volunteers and you are welcome to join in at any of our workdays. Chris[...]
9:00 am Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Jul 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
BCG maintains a Benicia Community Share Plot where we grow food for donation to the community members in need. It’s cared for by volunteers and you are welcome to join in at any of our workdays. Chris[...]
2:00 pm What’s For Dinner? Vallejo @ John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo
What’s For Dinner? Vallejo @ John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo
Jul 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The next seasonal cooking workshop for Summer will be July 29th. In that workshop Chef Lisa will be teaching the group how to make fresh pesto sauce(s). In addition to the traditional basil and pine[...]