Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Work with Major Progress

Much progress has been made since LG 35 adopted the Community Garden Project from St. Francis. The group of over 20 decided to separate into 4 subgroups: a master planning group, a community partnership group, a gardening expertise group and a fundraising group.

All groups have been working dilligently. Specifically, the master planning group was able to meet several times to gather information to develop a conceptual plan. Thanks to the creativity and expertise of Hillary Andren of Pazdan-Smith Group Architects, below is the exciting product.

In addition to this spectacular conceptual plan, the community partnerships group was able to hold a community meeting on the evening of Novemebr 11th to draw key stakeholders from the community to the project. Although few were able to attend, a lot of valuable feedback was collected on what a positive aspect this garden would bring to the community. Attendees also expressed their concerns and were helpful in suggesting methods for reaching out to their communities.

A timeline has been established and barring everything goes well, a groundbreaking is planned for February 7th with a subsequent "planting day" slated around April 20th to commemorate Earth Day.

The next meeting of the "masses" has been scheduled for November 20th at Pazdan-Smith.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

St. Francis and Leadership Greenville

Hooray! The connection has been made and Leadership Greenville has accepted the proposal by Bon Secours St. Francis to develop a community garden on the St. Francis campus for a Class of 35 project. This garden will be open to residents, community members and employees of St. Francis. The goal is to create a sustainable garden that provides a visual component, nutritious produce and a source of engagement and education for the community. Please stay tuned as the planning process is underway.

Initial planning meeting - September 18th:

Sally, Vaughn and Justin strategizing before the field trip on September 25th:

The site of the garden - 25,000 square feet on the corner of Andrews Blvd. and Hwy. 123:

The shuttle was a hit!: The visit to the Project Host Garden on Academy Street and our docent tour by Master Gardener, Suzy Seagrave: