Winona, Minn.  – The new Hiawatha Valley Community Garden officially opens for use May 1 and will be open through November 1. The garden is located in the parking lot behind the Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center (HVMHC) clinic at 420 E. Sarnia St, in Winona. The community garden features 30 total raised garden plots ranging in size from 4’x4’ to 4’x16.’ 

Prices for the plots are: 4’x4’ – $12, 4’x8’ – $24, 4’x12’ – $32, and 4’x16’ – $47. There are limited spots still available. Registration materials and full garden details can be found on the HVMHC website: 

2024 marks the first year of the new community garden. The Garden was made possible through a partnership with HVMHC and Engage Winona. The two non-profits partnered together and received funding for the garden through a State Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) Grant.  

The community garden will be equipped with running water and have community tools available onsite at the garden for plot renters to use. 

The Hiawatha Valley Community Garden will be overseen by a community advisory panel. The panel will be made up of community members who are using the garden. If you have interest in joining the advisory panel or have any questions about the community garden, questions can be directed to the Winona HCMHC Clinic Office Manager, Barb VanCor: 

Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center (HVMHC) is a certified Behavioral Health Clinic established in 1965. HVMHC provides comprehensive community mental health services in Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Wabasha, and Winona, counties. 

HVMHC strides to be the leader in delivering exceptional, responsive and consumer focused behavioral health services. They strive to provide exceptional mental and behavioral support and services to enhance the well-being of our communities through a non-profit structure.  

HVMHC provides the following services: Adult and Community-Based, Care Coordination, Children’s Community Based, Genoa Pharmacy, Housing with Supports, Medication Clinic, Outpatient Mental Health, Outpatient Substance Use, Peer Support Network, Psychiatric, and more. Check out their website for a full list of available services at:  

Community Garden Advisory Group

Pictured are members of the Community Garden Advisory Panel. From left to right: Karen Grossell, Rose Caldi, Deb Thorsen, Mark Jacobsen, HVMHC Winona Office Manager, Barb VanCor, and HVMHC Executive Director, Erik Sievers