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

Sep
30
Sat
9:00 am Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Sep 30 @ 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
Sep 30 @ 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[...]
Oct
28
Sat
9:00 am Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Oct 28 @ 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
Oct 28 @ 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[...]
Nov
25
Sat
9:00 am Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Nov 25 @ 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[...]