Mission Statement—Eastfield Garden at 5543 Black ST:
• Provide a supportive environment for residents from Black & surrounding streets to learn & practice gardening
• Promote the use of practical, economical and sustainable gardening methods
• Re-use vacant urban land for the benefit the community
• Share fresh produce with neighbors and local food banks
• Engage neighborhood children in the value of gardening and related earth sciences
This community garden began as part of the 2009’s MOMSGreen project which included the transformation of two nearby abandoned lots into a children's natural play space and landscaping at four Sojourner House MOMS properties. Due to the loss of all useable top soils with 2008 building demolition, our gardeners have relied on raised bed with purchased soils and sheet mulching techniques to build arable soils at this location.
Currently there are 45 wood-framed, raised beds (1300 square feet). Ten of those beds, containing herbs, greens, tomatoes and strawberries, are shared by all of the gardeners and with nearby neighbors. All other beds are assigned for individual family use. Twenty families and children from the MOMS/Homeless Children’s Education Fund summer camp use the garden site; garden produce is also shared with twenty-five more low-income families who live nearby. Several neighbors, including a mentorship program for area adolescents, have requested gardening space and a wait-list has been started for the 2014 season.
Fiona Seels and Gary Cirrincione handle all garden coordination, communications and organize maintenance and expansion projects. All participating households are linked by e-mail and decisions are made by consensus. Information about the garden is provided by the local community based organization, NegleyPlace, and a community garden listing on Grow Pittsburgh’s web-site. East-Field’s highly visible location along a busy commuter route (pedestrian, bicycle and transit) generates year-round interest in the project.
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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