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Community Garden

 Oak Way GardenHow it all got started

In 2011, BEC began working with the City of Chico to establish a community garden on unimproved city land across from Marsh Jr. High School.  The city purchased the land for a park over twenty years ago, and a portion is currently being used as a storm water retention basin. After a lot of help from city staff and members of the community, we were able to strike a deal. In spring 2012 BEC signed a lease with the City of Chico to use the property for a community garden.

Due to the success of what became the Humboldt Community Garden, BEC worked hard to expand garden access to the community. In addition to donating large group plots to the ARC of Butte County, and to Veterans' Affairs, BEC secured another Garden space at 8th Ave. and Highway 32, the Oak Way Community Garden.

In Spring 2019 the Humboldt Community Garden closed its gates for good. The site is soon to be developed for housing by Meriam Park. Oak Way Community Garden continues to nourish individuals and families of Chico and thrives under the care of the community.

We're so happy to be able to recognize, share, and celebrate the incredible power of our soil and climate to provide us with the plants that we humans love; food, flowers, and medicine. Putting our hands in the dirt has the power to heal our hearts and minds, and bind us to the cycles of nature--and each other. Join us in this great community project.

Interested in gardening with us?

The first step you would take would be to email or call the BEC office at (530) 891-6424.  Let us know:

  • Your name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • If you prefer a small or large plot.

We would then put you on our waitlist and let you know when a plot is available. 





Oak Way Community Garden

Oak Way Garden, Butte Environmental Council

Located at 8th Ave & Highway 32 (Nord), the Oak Way Community Garden is adjacent to the Oak Way Community Park.  Like the Humboldt Community Garden, BEC entered into a no-cost lease with the City of Chico for the use of the land. BEC is now leasing out plots to members of the community.

There are two plot sizes, 15x15 and 25x25, and each plot comes with its own water spigot. Plot leases run March to February. Regulations and rates can vary each year, please call our office at (530) 891-6424 to inquire about the current year's rates.

BEC partnered with Disability Action Center to design the Oak Way Community Garden so it will be universally accessible to all gardeners in our community.  We are also going to be creating an area with elevated or vertical garden beds specifically for gardeners who have their mobility limited by age or disability.