Gateway Greening Announces Expansion of Columbia CEC Elementary School Garden in St. Louis, MO.

St. Louis 23 Nov 2016 –Columbia CEC Elementary School Garden in St. Louis, MO was expanded on 16 Nov 2016 as a result of an award from Gateway Greening. Items received included: One 3-bin composter, 1 compost bin sign, 1 garden scale, 12 hand tool sets, 3 shovels, 2 garden hoes, 2 hard rakes, 2 digging forks, 1 sprinkler, 1 wheelbarrow, and 1 watering hose.

Columbia CEC Elementary School Garden has 5 adult gardeners from the community and with the student of Columbia Elementary School, the garden will be able to grow 650 lbs of produce annually, on average. The produce is sold locally, used by the gardeners, and informally distributed to the local community.

“There is nothing that Gateway Greening won’t do to help us have successful gardening experiences available for our students. They have provided labor, materials and educational resources….AND one of them got their spouse involved in delivering extremely large and heavy tree stumps for our school’s stump circle project!” – Cynthia Schaefer, Garden Leader at Columbia CEC Elementary School Garden.

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.

Columbia CEC Elementary School Garden is located at 2722 N. Garrison in St. Louis, MO 63106.

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 @gatewaygreening.