Center Street Community Garden
At Pomona Hope, we like to say the Center Street Community Garden is growing food, people, and hope. Members grow fresh produce to feed their families, reporting grocery savings of up to $100 per month. The Garden has brought the community together and is sustained by community members participating in programs to learn gardening techniques and nutritional eating habits. It has become a gathering place for our community where residents get to know one another better and form bonds that strengthen the city and promote unity. Not only are members growing healthy, nutritious fruits, vegetables and herbs, but they are also enjoying being in the sun, working the soil and helping one another.
The Center Street Community Garden began as empty, dirt lot, which was collecting abandoned furniture and trash. It's been transformed into a thriving garden, tilled and harvested by local community residents. The Garden provides nutritional produce at little or no cost to members - but just as importantly, it is a gathering place. It draws in residents and encourages young people to participate in all that Pomona Hope has to offer, including programs on gardening, nutrition, education/ language/computer skills, and youth activities.
The Center Street Community Garden will continue to be enhanced both physically and programmatically We hope to update and expand our grounds; in addition, programs will be diversified to include additional subjects of interest – such as seasonal cooking classed based on ripe produce.
In the near future, the Center Street Community Garden would like to accomplish the following:
- Create an outdoor classroom to enable us to host workshops and educational events.
- Document administration procedures for possible creation of future gardens and to provide to other interested organizations.
- Engage with the local arts community through monthly city-wide ArtWalks.
- Expand the number of gardening plots.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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