Word quickly spread through the Southside community about our work with G.H. Reid Elementary. And in 2011, the Jerusalem Connection, a neighboring Jewish community center, asked us to create an urban farm on two and a half acres of their land.
We partnered with the Timmons Group, a Richmond-based civil engineering firm, and used an urban agricultural model pioneered by Milwaukee’s Growing Power.
After breaking ground in 2012,the results have been incredible.
The garden produces tons of fresh, organic vegetables and fruits, and now acts as a hub for our food distribution network. The harvests from our two green houses, thirty-one raised garden beds and rain garden are donated to local food pantries and community organizations, and are sold at farm stands in USDA-designated food deserts.
It’s even become a hotspot for volunteer groups from corporations, universities, churches, group homes, neighboring bingo participants and local community members.
The Jerusalem Connection Community Garden Is:
–Really impressive—two green houses, thirty-one raised garden beds, rain garden, compost bins and worm bins
–Really productive—more than 4,000 lbs. of organic fruits and veggies every year
–A hotspot for group volunteer projects for outside organizations
It Helps Renew:
–Donate massive amounts of fresh food to local food pantries
–Keep local community organizations supplied with free fruits and veggies
–Distribute cheap organic food to people in Southside food deserts through farm stands
–Generate funding for ourselves