The YMCA, Learn, Grow, Thrive


Growing Together


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. 


Ways to get involved:
1) Join our Food Forest Leadership Circle
2) Share your interest in photography at our Wednesday Work Nights
3) Help write a grant
4) Data entry tasks
5) Volunteer at a Wednesday Work Night from 6:00 - 7:30
(June 6, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 8, 15, 22)
For more information, please email Jill M. Miller at
Thank you to the YMCA for donating the land, to Coulee Region Ecoscapes, Hillview Urban Agriculture Center, and Zach Gaugush for permaculture expertise, to the Coulee Food System Coalition 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.
To be added to the "Friends of the Food Forest" mailing
list please join here.
Contact Stephanie Shaw, Nutrition Education Coordinator, with additional questions.


Click here to view the Community Food Forest Groundbreaking Ceremony Press Release 


Click here to find out more about the Community Food Forest and Pioneering Healthier Communities work.



Watch the videos and read the stories on the Community Food Forest & Groundbreaking Ceremony:


Fox 25/48



La Crosse Tribune


Watch a brief highlight of the Food Forest Workshop (2/7):

WKBT Video Clip