St. Louis (22 Nov 2016) –Shaw VPA Elementary School Garden in St. Louis, MO was expanded in Spring of 2016 as a result of an award from Gateway Greening. The garden received 3 wooden picnic tables, 2 wooden benches, 1 3-bin compost system, 1 garden sign, 4 cubic yards of soil, 2 100’ hoses, and 1 sprinkler.
Shaw VPA Elementary School Garden has 14 gardeners from the community and with the students of Shaw VPA Elementary, the garden will be able to grow 250lbs of produce annually, on average. The produce is used by the gardeners and informally given away in the local community.
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 Shaw VPA Elementary School Garden is located at 5329 Columbia, St. Louis, MO 63139
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.