Elliotborough Community Garden
The Charleston Parks Conservancy was founded in 2007 to increase the quality, awareness, appreciation and usage of Charleston’s parks and greenspaces. Charleston Parks Conservancy currently works in 25% of the City of Charleston’s 120 green spaces providing support in the form of beautification, park renovation, horticultural expertise, and community organizing which has created Park Angels, a volunteer network of educated community workers over 500 strong. Charleston Parks Conservancy has developed a strong five-year working relationship with the City of Charleston, primarily working with the Parks and Recreation staff on park projects. We have strong staff expertise in horticultural, educational and community organization to ensure the success of our programs and ongoing projects.
The Elliotborough Community Garden was started in 2006 with the help of a grant in an abandoned area near a dilapidated old downtown Charleston garage building. It has continued to build steam over the years with the help of community members, local businesses, and grants and was taken under the Parks Conservancy’s control in late 2012. The garden is comprised of 17 individual plots maintained by area residents, 4 larger plots maintained by nearby schools, a garden for neighborhood kids, donation plots where food is grown to donate to local charities, and a vertical wall garden designed and constructed by a local University architecture school. It is located in a highly visible and revitalized part of town and encourages growing food in a variety of creative ways. The garden exists to engage the neighborhood and community in gardening and local food knowledge/awareness and as an educational space. It hosts several large volunteer work projects per year with elementary schools, local businesses and organizations. The garden produces numerous fresh vegetable donations to local charities and soup kitchens, and is a safe haven for neighborhood residents and their children.
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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