The Mills Community Garden (MCG) began in 2011- 2012 through the efforts of Sustainable Klamath (SK), its members and valued friends. The garden is located in the Mills Addition neighborhood of Klamath Falls, at the corner of Richmond Street and Orchard Avenue. This is about two blocks west of Mills Elementary School. Klamath residents grow nutritious vegetables for themselves, often with the joyful participation of their children.
Construction and Facility
In addition to 44 plots, the garden includes:
- a composting facility
- a shed for tools & supplies
- a picnic table and benches
- space for manure and other amendments
- a greenhouse donated by Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services and a grant from USDA
Participating in the Garden
A full box is 4 ft. wide by 20 ft. long and costs $35/year. A half box is 4 ft. wide by 10 ft. long and costs $20/year. The fee covers all costs, including water. Scroll down for a map of the plots and applications. Please note that some plots have already been claimed. Scan and email completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring them to the Klamath Tool Library at 1221 Main St., downtown Klamath Falls.
If you want to help with the garden but don’t want to have a garden plot, we can still use your help! Please contact us through this page if you want to volunteer for the garden or other Sustainable Klamath projects.
History and Development
Victoria Schmitt graciously donates the use of this property to SK. In return SK pays the yearly property taxes. The labor and many of the materials for constructing the garden were donated. SK pays the City of Klamath Falls for the water used by gardeners. The labor and many of the materials for constructing the garden were donated. SK pays the City of Klamath Falls for the water used by gardeners. Students from nearby Mills Elementary School have often come to the Garden with their teachers to learn about gardening. Perri McDaniel, an OSU Master Gardender, designed the space.
The greenhouse took shape with the help of Dewey Moore and about a dozen youth from the Mills neighborhood. It has space for a few hundred potted plants and plant starts. During construction of the garden, one of the area nurseries donated and planted several fruit trees. Here is a descriptive article by former garden manager David King.