Formed on the heels of the North Linden Community Watch as a vehicle to help NLCW achieve the goals of neighborhood beautification, community engagement and safety, the garden soon took on a life of it’s own. Founded in August of 2014, we expanded to the Westerville Rd site in June of 2015 with the Extreme Garden Make Over, turning a city owned double lot into a community garden in an 8-hour day. We teamed up with Local Matters in the fall of 2015 to become a part of the citywide food plan to address hunger within the “Food Desert” that exists here in Linden. Our goal is a full-scale urban farming economic development plan to teach employable jobs skills, create jobs, reduce hunger, and change our community one tomato at a time!
2) Describe your Community Initiative Project.
We will be breaking ground for the Victorian Herb Garden in August of this year. We would like to install the in-ground irrigation lines during the initial excavation. Once the lines are buried and the rest of the hardscape complete, we will add the rest of the system. We have been working with a Netafim representative to pick the most cost effective system that will meet the needs for this particular design.
3) What is your goal for this project?
The Victorian Herb Garden will impact the community on several levels. Visually it will enhance the south Linden area by continuing the brick and iron streetscape along Cleveland Avenue. The gazebo will create outdoor education space for children and families, and the produce raised will help address hunger in our community. On a larger scale, the economic development plan will teach employable job skills, create jobs, and provide life and social skill enrichment programs to help address the barriers to self-sufficiency.
4) How much money do you need and what will you use it for?
Total Need: $3018.66
Total Project Cost Breakdown:
$1500.00 for installation by a city approved utility company