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Growing Food We Eat

The Benefits of Gardening at home:


Food consumed closer
to its harvest date is
more nutrient dense.
Gardening helps youth
and adults meet recommended physical
activity levels.


Food grown at
home have a more
controlled level
of fertilizers and
pesticides, if any.


Youth who garden
are likely to eat more
vegetables, learn
translatable academic
skills, and share quality
outdoor time with
their family. 


Youth who garden
are likely to eat more
vegetables, learn
translatable academic
skills, and share quality
outdoor time with
their family. 

HOME GARDENING benefits you and your family, our society and community, and our environment.

HOME GARDENS TAKE MANY FORMS come in an array of styles, types and sizes, and may be located anywhere from walls to roofs, patios and backyards. Important factors to consider when planning your home garden include sunlight, water, convenience (or nearness to home), air, drainage and soil.

Johnson County has potential to grow food in over 233,000 homes. 

Resources for Learning How to Grow at Home

  • Garden with recommended fruit and vegetable varieties which have been proven to produce. Johnson County K-State Research and Extension has the practical information needed for success. Crop specific fact sheets, educational classes, and experts ready to answer your fruit and vegetable questions. Just contact the gardening hotline at [email protected] or 913-715-7050 or on the web at https://www.johnson.k-state.edu/.
  • Learn to grow food in your garden or on a small farm at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) using sustainable practices. They offer individual classes as well as a certificate program, for more information visit, https://www.jccc.edu/ and search “sustainable agriculture”.
  • Attend a free garden workshop at the Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG) or visit https://kccg.org/ for instructional materials on low cost gardening, composting, watering and more

Having clear and concise guidelines around gardening can help clear-up confusion and misconception among homeowners of HOA gardening restrictions


Recommendations for Gardening at Home

  1. Ask your HOA for a copy of their by-laws and restrictions

    • Getting a copy of your HOA by-laws and restrictions is the first step in understanding what you are allowed to do in your yard. If your HOA does not provide you with access to their by-laws and restrictions, or if you need help creating by-laws, contact the FPC.
  2. Understand your city’s gardening codes and ordinances

    • Codes and ordinances can be confusing or highly dependent upon your property, zoning and lot location/size. Call your city’s zoning department for the clearest guidelines that affect your personal land restrictions.
    • • Make sure you are gardening on your property. For example, if a piece of land on your property falls within an easement or utility line, it can be subject to disruption or removal

PREPARE what you can eat, SAVE what you don't!

Save the Food Johnson County - the Johnson County Food Policy Council (FPC) is teaming up with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Ad Council to launch their national public service campaign SAVE THE FOOD that aims to combat wasted food from its largest source - consumers - by raising awareness and changing behavior. 


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