MISSOULA, Mont. -

Dozens of folks showed up at Monday night’s Missoula City Council meeting to encourage the city of Missoula to help Garden City Harvest purchase its first community garden parcel.

This means residents will have even more opportunity to get their hands dirty this summer and learn tips for growing nutritious fruits and veggies.

The council approved $200,000 in open space bonds to help Garden City Harvest purchase a 3.25-acre parcel on River Road.

Garden City managers tell NBC Montana they have leased the location for over 17 years and with city funding they will now purchase their first permanent community garden spot.

Managers tell me now they can add variety to their crops, expand the infrastructure and help a greater number of low-income families eat healthy.

“It's a great showing for a positive project and people feel good about the community gardens,” said Greg Price, a Garden City Harvest manager.  “So many people have had their lives changed through working with the farms that Garden City Harvest provides, and it's deeply gratifying to see all of these people out here in support of it.”

For more information on getting your hands dirty with Garden City Harvest click here.