Category Archives: National Food Day

Springfield Community Gardens Breaks Ground at Tom Watkins Community Farm

Tom Watkins Farm Field Springfield Community Gardens is celebrating the ground-breaking of Tom Watkins Community Farm–the first organic, educational community farm in Springfield. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Springfield , we will host a ground-breaking ceremony at 1909 N Park at 9am, October 24th in celebration of National Food Day.

As part of this educational garden space, SCG will launch its first High-Yield Farmer Training Program in early November. The project is funded by a $10,000 grant from the MTS Foundation, written in partnership with Ozarks Food Harvest. Expert Farmer Dan Bigbee of Fassnight Creek Farms will lead the program, and volunteers from the Tom Watkins Neighborhood and volunteer interns from Springfield Community Gardens will prepare the ground. The University of Missouri Extension Services will also consult on the project.

Dan_Bigbee & Farm Committee Tom Watkins Community Farm will provide: access to healthy, locally produced food for families in the neighborhood; demonstrate small-scale, sustainable agricultural practices that protect our environment, reconnect people with the land; and provide an educational space for Springfield Community Gardens to lead workshops.

In celebration of the event and Food Day, Farmers Gastropub will be serving locally-sourced, “I Eat Real” specials after the event, so come celebrate with us!

For more information or to register as a farmer apprentice, contact Springfield Community Gardens at (417) 414-7129 or visit online at

Food Day Celebration at Missouri State University

Ozarks Public Health Institute, along with campus and community partners, is hosting an event to celebrate healthy, affordable, and sustainable food in the Springfield community!

On Friday, October 24th, Ozarks Public Health Institute will host “Food Day” on Missouri State’s campus of the 2nd floor PSU Atrium from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The event will feature both on-campus student organizations and community organizations , representing different aspects of the food system. There will be local food samples, cooking demonstrations, fun activities, giveaways & more!

Overall, we are excited to partner with both students and community members for this special event and nationwide movement. Together, we would like to educate students and community members about healthy local food options and identify opportunities to be involved in the growth and availability of healthy food to all members of our community. So please join us!