Community Food Forest at the Y

The Mission: The Community Food Forest at the Y increases access to healthy food in our community through an urban, easily-replicable model.

The Vision: Our community will grow food together, rehabilitate our local ecosystem and provide educational opportunities for healthier residents and families.

The Food Forest is strengthening our community by creating a space to grow both your physical and mental health.

Food Forest Facts:

Established: March 23, 2016
Size: 10,000 sq. ft.

Soak It Up! Award Winner

The La Crosse Area Family YMCA’s Community Food Forest began with a desire to increase access to healthy food in our community. Local Y leaders wanted to produce food, share it, and demonstrate an easily-replicable urban food production model. As the project progressed, they learned it would also provide runoff management that is equally vital to our community.

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Thank you to the YMCA for donating the land, to Coulee Region EcoscapesHillview Urban Agriculture Center, and Zach Gaugush for permaculture expertise, to the Hunger Task Force of La Crosse for community organizing, and to the neighborhood associations GENA, Washburn, Goosetown & Powell Poage Hamilton for your energy and passion for making the community a better place.