Join Our Growing Community
Summer Session of our FRESH AIR Food Forum is on Saturday, June 17th.
Hours 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
All Summer Session classes are FREE!
Click HERE to register for these classes:
- Natural Pest Control: Identify common garden pests and learn how to control them without chemicals.
- Drip Irrigation for Small Gardens: How deep are your plant’s roots? How much water do they need? How much water can your soil hold? How often and how much should you water?
- Tree and Shrub Maintenance: learn techniques for common trees and shrubs.
- Wild Foraging: Finding and consuming edibles in the wild.
Check out our Summer in the Garden Program and see what the kids are excited about!
Sunburst Unlimited, Inc., dba Gardens from Garbage, grew out of a recognized need for sustainability - for the vitality of our environment and our communities. Our current food system relies heavily on transporting food grown in distant environments, which results in fuel consumption and reliance on an unsustainable system. Instead, we teach others how to grow food by nourishing what we have in our community and connecting with others who are doing the same.
Continue reading about us and thanks for your interest. Come join us in the garden!
Programs: FRESH! Rescue, Summer in the Garden (youth), Foster Tomato Program, FRESH! Food Forum
We are located in Great Falls, Montana (north central...) and would love to have you visit! Click on the Fresh Food Forum Page to see a map.
The Westside Orchard Garden
The Westside Orchard Garden is a 2.2 acre plot and is the place we grow, model and employ a variety of gardening methods, teach classes for adults, mentor kids raising their own vegetables, experiment with new and innovative methods for growing, and host seminars for groups. We produce our own garden soil with bokashi composting and develop lasagna-composted gardening beds.
The Boys & Girls Club youth are in the Garden 4-5 days a week this summer, along with regular visits from several Homeschool families, and youth from the Salvation Army and the Rescue Mission - 75-100 kids daily working, gardening, harvesting, and eating their own produce - and loving all the fresh veggies! " Cherry tomatoes are my new favorite food!" - imagine that from a 2nd grader! They love eating what they grow and our Summer in the Garden Program teaches them where their food comes from and how delicious fresh food is!
- Our Garden Manager, Vicki, is in the garden all morning through early afternoon Monday through Friday, doing all the chores and tending to the crops. You are always welcome to come help out - mowing, pulling weeds, slogging manure, moving wood chips, whatever the
days'chores are. It takes many hands to keep this large garden growing and beautiful.
One way we're able to do all this is through community support. We're raising funds to expand the growing area and the growing time in the Westside Orchard Garden - providing even more food for the food insecure in our community, and more opportunities for kids to come and learn about fresh, healthy food! A great way to contribute is by becoming a Supporting Member or sponsoring a bench with our "Step Up! Campaign". Our Learning Center is now complete with all benches sponsored. We have 3 Orchard Benches remaining to be sponsored - reserve yours now with a deposit of $50. All the benches are former steps from the original Carnegie Library in Great Falls.
Join us when you can - take a moment out of your busy day, come outside, just sit and enjoy the ambiance of the garden or join in and help keep it weed-free. We DO live in Montana, so keep in mind that the invitation to volunteer and participate in our wonderful Westside Orchard Garden is WEATHER PERMITTING!
What we do with all that food!
Most of the harvest from the Garden is delivered to the Head Start, Boys & Girls Club, and Meals on Wheels kitchens, supplying fresh produce to the more than 850 meals prepared daily for food insecure kids, families, and elders. Last summer we contributed about 4,000 pounds of food. Our goal is to be able to supply fresh produce year-round for these kitchens, as well as work with others in the community who are dedicated to food sustainability for their neighbors.
Spread the word and come play in the dirt with us.
Bring the whole family!