It’s Friday. And usually we give thanks to our Twitter friends, in the “follow Friday” tradition. But today, we follow ourselves. We put in a lot of work this week on our public housing and community food project…so we’re giving our own back a pat. It has been really exciting to continue our work finding community gardens and urban farms in public housing. Since our last update we’ve confirmed that produce is growing at nine more sites in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, California, Washington and Virginia. Alabama is a new state on our list!
The community food project we’re working on includes a large garden at a public housing development. (You can check out photos and information about it at our Facebook page.) So, you can imagine that many of the programs we’re finding are really helpful! Many serve as wonderful models with programs we will certainly replicate in our own local project.
For every public housing garden (or farm!) we find, we’re excited at the prospect of finding more! We’d like you to see some of the recent additions, because we think you’ll feel the same way.
The Ohio City Farm grows at the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Riverview Towers site in Cleveland. It includes a community kitchen and farmstand. While the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles’ Growing Experience at Carmelitos Housing Development, has a CSA program and green jobs component. St. Mary’s Urban Farm is in Alemany Public Housing a development of the San Francisco Housing Authority. And, a garden provides food at the Seattle Housing Authority’s Yesler Terrace development. The Garden of Goodness grows its goodness in Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Friendship Court in Virginia. We’ve got Georgia growing in a Thomson Housing Authority plot. And that garden in Alabama? The Garden of Park Place in Housing Authority of Birmingham’s Park Place public housing neighborhood.