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Murfreesboro Community Gardening

Updated: May 22

Near Patterson Park Community Center

Nestled behind Key United Methodist Church, Murfreesboro Community Gardening provides a free place where anyone can learn how to grow food. Autumn Shultz moved to Murfreesboro in 2010 with her daughter and husband. They had a small patio space to grow food in containers. 

Autumn saw how their container garden fascinated her daughter. She learned to love okra, and Autumn felt compelled to spread the word. In an instance of serendipity, she found 2000 square feet to grow a garden in 2013. Key UMC generously offered space on their lawn. 

She completed the master gardener program around that time. Later, Autumn incorporated the garden in 2015 as a non-profit. Murfreesboro Community Gardening hosts many volunteers each year and produces dozens of food crops, herbs, and flowers. 

Mborogarden hosts a website with a blog for continued learning. They plan to add QR code labels to each crop which link to an educational blog for self-guided tours. Furthermore, they are adding eight raised beds, four trellis arches, along with their herb spiral this year.

How do they practice sustainability? Their methods include practices like composting, crop rotation, companion planting, and mulching. Besides hosting environmental advocates like Save Soil, they show up at community events to spread the word.

MCG recognizes its role as a response to food deserts and rising prices. They empower people with a relaxing space to socialize, learn, and grow food. Come visit any Saturday from 10a-12p during March-October. Check out their site to learn more. 

Name: Murfreesboro Community Gardening

Location: 806 East State Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Meeting Time: Saturdays, 10a-12p

What’s Growing? 

Aloe Vera, Arugula, Asparagus, Basil, Beans, Bee Balm, Beets, Blueberries, Chamomile, Chard, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Coneflower, Corn, Cucumber, Dandelion, Dill, Fennel, Garlic, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lettuce, Marigold, Mushrooms, Nasturtiums, Onions, Oregano, Peas, Petunias, Potatoes, Radish, Rosemary, Sage, Spinach, Strawberries, Sunflowers, Sweet Potatoes, Tarragon, Thyme, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Squash, Zucchini

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