It has been a very busy few months at Original Green. Yes, we’re still preparing our first urban farming site in South Los Angeles (never realized how much planning and preparation there could be!). And we’re still holding our quarterly community raising dinners (a report on last month’s “Slow Food, Seoul Food” event coming to our Facebook page soon). Still Tweeting about affordable and fresh food options for low-income residents. And we’re always updating our Facebook page with information about everything from mobile farmers markets to the acceptability of modern-day sharecropping.
One thing that’s become clear, there is always something to do…and a lot of it. It can get pretty frustrating to have ideas and feel like you’re moving at a glacial pace to put them into action. One ongoing effort that steadily (and quickly) grows is our list of community gardens in public housing.
Since the last update, we’ve added almost 40 more sites, including gardens in North Carolina, California, Oregon, Ohio, Tennessee and a few more in New York. Here are a few of the notable examples.
The Rancho San Pedro garden, run by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, was completed just days ago. There are gardens in Oregon, supported by the Housing Authority of Clackamas County, near Portland. In Cleveland, Tennessee public housing residents are growing in their individual backyards with support from The Caring Place, approved by the Cleveland (TN) Housing Authority.
The Green Thumb Program encourages gardening and provides assistance to do so in public housing sites in Knoxville. While the Geauga Metropolitan Housing Authority near Chagrin Falls, Ohio permits community gardens that feed a number of families. Young people and the “Sunshine Crew” are raising produce to be shared by families in the public housing communities of the North Wilkesboro Housing Authority in North Carolina.
And while it’s not part of our census (because the food isn’t grown on the public housing site) we found a great model for a youth-staffed community farmers market supported by the Southhampton Housing Authority on Long Island. Likewise, the Providence Housing Authority in Rhode Island partners with Farm Fresh Rhode Island to bring farmer markets to housing communities. And they accept EBT (formerly food stamps).
So, like all things at Original Green, the list keeps growing! And, growing is always good!