St. Louis (April 29, 2016) –Fruits of Zion Community Garden in the Wells/Goodfellow Neighborhood of St. Louis was expanded as a result of an award from Gateway Greening. Four raised beds are to be installed and filled with soil – 2 of the beds are double high, making gardening accessible to the elderly and disabled. The award also includes benches, assorted handtools, sprinkler, and wheelbarrow. The Fruits of Zion Community Garden was founded in 2015 through a Gateway Greening award.
Fruits of Zion Community Garden is supported by The Order of Melchizedec Gospel of Christ Church and has 26 gardeners. As a group, the garden will be able to grow 576lbs of produce annually, on average. The garden’s goal is to provide the community with a resource for healthy food and learning opportunities, and a safe place for community stakeholders to gather.
“Gateway Greening has been a blessing to me it allowed me to jumpstart in to the world of gardening which is something I’ve always wanted to do.” – Ariel Norman, Garden Leader
For 30 years, Gateway Greening has educated and empowered individuals to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture. Gateway Greening’s Garden Program receives many requests to start or expand community gardens in St. Louis. Projects are selected based on a number of factors including: need, the quality of the garden space, the level of community support, and the thoroughness of the plan for using the garden space. Awarded sites are typically supported with seeds/plants, garden tools, materials (hardscape and landscape), and guidance.
The Fruits of Zion Community Garden is located at 2809 Goodfellow Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63120.
About Gateway Greening
Gateway Greening is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture. Gateway Greening has been working to provide creative, grassroots solutions to urban problems since 1984. Programs include supporting more than 200 community and youth-focused gardens across the St. Louis area through educational opportunities, garden supplies and technical assistance; and Gateway Greening’s Urban Farm, a 2.5-acre farm in downtown St. Louis that provides therapeutic horticulture and a jobs training program. Visit Gateway Greening at www.gatewaygreening.org. @gatewaygreening.