LPH Community Gardens
Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to grow a garden. The LPH Community Gardens bring residents together to engage in the art of growing food and create green space in our community. Each garden engages residents in design, planting, site maintenance, and harvesting. Beyond gardening, the Gardens offer spaces for community art projects, music, and gathering. LPH is a dense urban setting and the gardens provide pockets of nature in the middle of the concrete jungle.
LPH Community Gardens
Community Matters currently operates three community gardens in LPH – the Victory Garden (on St. Michael Street by our main campus), the Aaron Raines Memorial Garden (on 8th Street), and the largest of the three, the Sassafras Garden (on Neave Street). Our community gardens provide the opportunity to grow meaningful, neighborly relationships among residents and engage with fresh foods. The three main goals of our gardens are: empowerment, production, and engagement.
We utilize various gardening and permaculture techniques to maximize food production and to use the gardens as a learning tool. Crops are grown in raised beds, to re-mediate the issues of poor soil quality and to maximize food production. Beyond growing food, the gardens work to revitalize much needed green spaces in Lower Price Hill and to repair damaged soil over time.
Community Matters, in partnership with the Lower Price Hill community, host fun, casual Garden Parties in the Sassafras Garden every Friday from 2:30pm-4:30pm (from May to end of September). Garden Parties seek to increase the community’s access to local, fresh produce while learning how to grow and prepare food, so that we may enjoy delicious meals together. Activities will vary throughout the year, and beginning in June, we will begin Cooking Together, small dinners lead by a community chef. Cooking Together is a way to highlight the cooking skills in our community while introducing new recipes and techniques.
We are always in need of volunteers to help out in the gardens. If you are interested in getting involved with our gardens please contact us!