Health Department

Community Gardens

meeting The Independence Community Garden Association (ICGA) provides a forum for all gardeners in Independence to network with each other and share ideas, resources, and expertise.

The vision of ICGA is a community coming together for better health and better living through gardening.

The mission of ICGA is to encourage and nurture the development of community gardens and gardeners to grow and increase consumption of fruits and vegetables. The ICGA supports community gardens that foster self-sufficiency, recreation, education, sustainability and social harmony.

Hawthorne Garden

Fairmount Garden

Gardening Classes 2016

In partnership with Kansas City Community Gardens and the Independence Garden Club, the Independence Health Department is sponsoring gardening classes free to the public.  Please visit this page in the spring to view our 2016 class schedule.  All classes will be held at the Independence Health Department at 6:00 p.m. unless noted.

To view the 2015 Kansas City Community Garden Plant Order form, click here:


Plant Distribution!

All distributions from 3:00 PM- 6:00 PM

All at Independence Health Department

The Independence Health Department will be hosting seed distribution in 2016.  Please check back in the spring for an updated list of dates.

Distributions will be held at the Independence Health Department. To participate in this program, you must be a member of Kansas City Community Garden. Membership is $2 for those who qualify for low- or no-income. Membership for all others is $10. All members are entitled to receive 10 packets of seeds (your choice), a five-pound bag of fertilizer, a community garden newsletter, discounts on additional seeds, and loan of a tiller.

The Independence Health Department is located at 515 S. Liberty.  For more information, contact Joanie Shover at 325-7185.

Building a raised bed in your back yard.

Hawthorne Garden highlights video

Community gardens located in Independence include:

Hawthorne Community Garden
16995 Dover Lane

Fairmount Plaza Garden
615 N. Huttig Avenue

Pleasant Garden
525 S. Pleasant

St. Paul Community Garden
11200 E 36th Street South

Hocker Heights Container Garden
Noland and Truman Roads

Neighborhood 9 Community Garden
914 N. Grand

St. Marks United Methodist Church
603 N. Jennings

Stone Community Garden
1012 W. Lexington Avenue

White Oak Community Garden
N. White Oak (West of Community Service League building)

Habitat for Humanity Garden
505 N. Dodgion

A new community garden was opened Spring 2014 located at 136 White Oak Ave. Using land owned by the city, the garden serves residents who wish to garden.  For more information, contact the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.