St. Louis (7 Dec 2016) –Cabrini Greens School Garden in St. Louis, MO was expanded in Spring of 2016 as a result of an award from Gateway Greening. Four wooden picnic tables were installed. An additional four wooden benches and one watering hose were awarded.
Cabrini Greens has 9 adult gardeners from the community and with the students of St. Frances Cabrini Academy, the garden will be able to grow 470lbs of produce annually, on average.
“Our Gateway Greening garden has allowed us to expand our classrooms to the outdoors. We are a city school that had no green spaces in which the children can play, but with our garden, that has all changed. It is a pure joy to see my middle school students giggle with glee when they find a worm in the soil, dig up a humongous sweet potato, or get excited about eating something they grew… even if it is something they don’t normally eat. Our expansion grant provided us with picnic tables and benches that have made our outdoor garden easier to use with large classes. The tables and benches are used as gathering places for instructions and post-harvesting tasks. “ – Garden Leader Elizabeth DeBoo
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 Cabrini Greens School Garden is located at 2906 California Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63118.
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.