Thu, 07/12/2012 (All day)
Gateway Greening and St. Louis County Library are partnering to offer a community garden space for residents of the northwest area of St. Louis County, including Hazelwood and Florissant.
Prairie Commons Community Garden will be located at the Prairie Commons Branch of the St. Louis County Library, 915 Utz Lane, Hazelwood, MO. Residents and future gardeners are invited to an informational meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1 at the Prairie Commons Branch to discuss garden plans. Interested participants will be encouraged to sign up for garden plots and additional leadership opportunities.
"Libraries already provide a center for community development and activity. The addition of a community garden space in North St. Louis County will build upon the libraries contributions and allow neighbors to come together, grow fresh food and carry on the rich tradition of gardening," said Mike Sorth, Gateway Greening executive director. "Gateway Greening's partnership with St. Louis County Library allows us to further expand our reach and services beyond Metro St. Louis."
Gateway Greening's partnership garden at Prairie Commons Branch will be their first garden in the Northwest St. Louis County area. Gardens at additional branches are being considered for the future.
"The St. Louis County Library is pleased to partner with Gateway Greening to help improve access to fresh produce in the northwest County area," said Charles Pace, St. Louis County Library Director. "Community partnerships such as this are a major initiative of the Library and demonstrate the importance of institutional cooperation in building a better St. Louis region. The Library plans to support this effort with programming and training for future gardeners in furtherance of our basic educational mission."
About St. Louis County Library
St. Louis County Library is the highest circulating public library in Missouri. In 2011, the library circulated 11.7 million items including books, DVDs, eMedia, video games, periodicals, and CDs. In the same year, 5.7 million people visited SLCL branches and bookmobiles. The library consists of 20 branches, including a Headquarters, which is located at 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd in Ladue. To learn more about SLCL programs and events, visit us at www.slcl.org
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About Gateway Greening
Gateway Greening is a non-profit 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, grants and technical assistance; urban beautification projects that enhance the downtown St. Louis urban landscape; and City Seeds Urban Farm, a 2.5 acre farm in downtown St. Louis that provides therapeutic horticulture and jobs training programs to individuals who are homeless and underserved.
For more information on Gateway Greening and its programs visit www.gatewaygreening.org
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