Building Community

You are the garden community and we look forward to engaging in life at the garden together. Below, you will find information about volunteering, our newsletter, garden events, St. Jospeh's Farmers' Market, Minnesota Street Market, individual garden plots and sharing the abundance with people in need.

Volunteering: Volunteers are welcome in the garden in exchange for produce or simply for the joy of gardening. Weekly volunteering takes place on Monday evenings from 5-7 p.m. Contact Kate Ritger, production manager, at or 262-339-7737 to arrange a specific time that works for you, or to be put on the volunteering email list.

Other Ways to Contribute: It takes a vibrant community to make a garden grow.  If you would like to offer your skills to the garden community, but physical garden work doesn't work for you, consider helping with one of the following projects: 
Kids Activities
Cooking Demonstrations
Organize Potlucks
Organize Educational Events
Write articles for the newsletter
Take photographs for the newsletter
Join our "Growers Committee," the Garden's advisory committee
Contact Kate Ritger with ideas or interest.

Newsletter: Our newsletter is emailed weekly to subscribers and friends of the garden. It is also cataloged on the newsletter page. If you would like to be added to the newsletter email list, contact Jennifer Morrisette-Hesse at or call 320-363-7170.

Events: We kick off the garden season with a Garden blessing and social in mid-June, and follow with a monthly event though the middle of October. Past events included: garden potlucks, yoga in the garden, pickling class, cheese-makeing class and garden work days. Stay tuned for dates. If you have ideas about events or are interested in leading an event or class, contact Kate Ritger at or 262-339-7737.

St. Joseph's Farmers' Market: You can find the Common Ground Garden Friday afternoons, 3-6:30 p.m., at the Market from mid-June through mid-October.

Minnesota Street Market: Produce from the Common Ground Garden can also be found at the St. Joseph's food and art coop.

Nick's Third Floor: Produce from the Common Ground Garden can also be enjoyed at Nick's Third Floor, a restaurant in downtown St. Cloud that features local food.

Individual Garden Plots: The Common Ground has space for individuals to have their own garden plot. If you are interested in this option, contact Kate Ritger at or 262-339-7737.

Common Ground "Lost and Found" Take - Share - Give: We will be offering another space at which people can share surplus produce. Anyone in the community can pick up surplus produce on Monday's from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the garden, starting June 24, 3013, through mid-October. In exchange for the producce, you are invited to give a donation, do a little garden work, share the food with friends and family, or do something nice for someone in the community. Farmers and home gardeners, please share your surplus with us as well. If you have questions or want further information, contact Kate Ritger at or 262-339-7737.