Urban Agricultural Land Development
The purpose of developing urban land for agricultural use is to place the activity of growing food central to the lives of city dwellers who represent a critical mass of eaters. In so doing we provide an opportunity for added income (micro-enterprise) for families, increases in health potential, increased access to fresh produce and, with sustainable farm practices, rejuvenation of urban soil. The social benefits though difficult to label can provide the foundation for greater inter-dependence and opportunity among individuals, families and organizations. As we participate in a time of change, where food policy and interest in growing food locally is becoming central to government and citizens alike, Grow Youngstown is preserving appropriate vacant urban properties for agricultural use. Our goal is to put these properties in the hands of new urban farmers and community gardeners.
The Fairgreen Neighborhood Garden, is one such property that has aroused the interest of surrounding neighbors. Last year it was planted and maintained by neighborhood gardeners, Grow Youngstown, Jewish Community Center (JCC) Adventure Camp and neighborhood kids with a fall tilling provided by Jubilee Gardens. Funding was provided by Grow Youngstown and the Raymond John Wean Foundation. See slide show here. The 2009 growing season will begin soil remediation practice on the western part of the property, planting of two apple trees and the planting of crops by neighbors and members of the garden at South East Corner.
In addition to Fairgreen, in 2008, we mentored and grew seedlings for Unity Garden at Unity Church Centre on Naylor Lloyd Road in Girard. This garden has tripled in size for the 2009 season and now the Unity gardeners are offering their services, to others in their church community. If you're interested please contact Unity Church Centre (330) 539-0122.
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Garden work days: Mondays from 4pm to 6pm through Oct.
July 27, 2008 Tribune Chronicle article.
June 1, 2008 Fairgreen Neighborhood Garden located on the NW corner of Fairgreen and Ohio recently received a neighborhood Success grant from the Raymond John Wean Foundation. If you're interested in becoming a member of the garden please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.