Edgewater Hill Victory Garden
Edgewater Hill Victory Garden (EHVG) began in the Spring of 2011 as a means to unite neighbors and revitalize a vacant plot of land on W. 73rd St. in Cleveland, OH. After much hard work, the intrepid gardeners were rewarded with fresh produce and flowers to share. The greater community benefitted from a beautified streetscape that was safer and cleaner than before.
EHVG is broken into 10 individual plots of 100 square feet each. The plots are managed independently by nearby neighbors, who watch over the garden as a whole. We also have an established Bartlett pear tree and several newly planted fruiting trees such as apple, cherry, hazelnut and peach. Sharing of produce happens often, as do exchanges of ideas and stories. Events, such as bonfires and potlucks, are held periodically at the garden.
The garden membership is intergenerational, with young families and elderly couples sharing the space. As we enter our fourth year, the garden leader, Ryan, will explore the principles of permaculture as a means to maximize yield. Ryan will spread this knowledge to fellow gardeners as a means to “sow it forward.” One of our goals for 2014 is to raise chickens for eggs. We would love to have a chicken coop. The chickens will also double as weed control in the common area of the garden. At its core, EHVG seeks to inspire other neighbors to start their own gardens and continue greening the urban landscape.
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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