Missouri Botanical Garden

Baden Youth Community Garden Pilot

Missouri Botanical Garden

Project Date
June 2015—Nov 2015

Type of Evaluation
Planning, Process



Missouri Botanical Garden partnered with the Baden neighborhood to support a Youth Community Garden and expanded community engagement efforts for youth, seniors, teachers, and community residents.

The Evaluation Center partnered with Missouri Botanical Garden to develop and implement a process evaluation of the Baden Youth Community Garden pilot.

Project Description


Missouri Botanical Garden developed the Baden Youth Community Garden in partnership with the Riverview West Florissant Development Corporation in the summers of 2015 and 2016. The goal of the Baden Garden was to transform vacant land into productive gardening space to provide summer youth employment, K-8 enrichment, and community programming. The Youth Community Garden was focused in the Baden Neighborhood as part of two larger collaborations aimed at better connecting the social, environmental, and economic aspects of nature to residents: The City of St. Louis’ Urban Vitality and Ecology Initiative (UVEI) and BiodiverseCity St. Louis.

Evaluation Center Activities

  • Developed an evaluation plan and a logic model for the Baden Youth Community Garden.
  • Conducted interviews with youth, community members, other garden stakeholders, and UVEI representatives.

Our Products

  • Evaluation plan, including logic model and methods matrix
  • Interview guides
  • Final evaluation reports

Project Funder

Missouri Botanical Garden

Contact Person
Heather Jacobsen, MPH

Heather Jacobsen, MPH

Evaluation Manager (she/her/hers)