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Prairie Commons Community Garden Expands

Press Release

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 10:00a.m.
The partnership between St. Louis County Library and Gateway Greening continues to grow in 2014 with the expansion of the Prairie Commons Community Garden in Hazelwood, MO.
The Prairie Commons Community Garden began in 2013 and since then, the garden has rendered even more interest, which has led to the garden applying for an expansion award through Gateway Greening.  Prairie Commons Garden Leader Sharon Joye is very fond of the garden. “The garden at Prairie Commons has become a place to grow connections. It is a focal point for visitors to the library. Gardeners themselves have grown new friendships as well as produce for the table,” said Joye.
On Saturday, March 15 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., the Prairie Commons Community Garden will be receiving 16 4’x12’ raised beds that will be added to their already existing 20 beds. Three easily accessible raised beds will also be installed for those individuals with mobility and disability issues. Volunteers and staff will be on site to help with assembly of the expansion.
Barbara Brain, Assistant Director of Adult & Support Services at SLCL said, “The St. Louis County Library is thrilled to be expanding the community garden program. The flagship garden at the Prairie Commons Branch has been very popular with customers and staff, providing a unique, hands-on educational opportunity. We look forward to introducing additional community gardens at other SLCL locations.”
Matt Even, Community Outreach Specialist for Gateway Greening, works specifically with library gardens. “The Prairie Commons Branch of St. Louis County Library has provided facilities for a burgeoning community garden and in two short seasons have built a communal space that welcomes approximately 40 individuals to grow healthy, fresh food. Being a part of this community/food experiment has inspired me to believe what is possible when a community comes together to create changes they want to see in their neighborhood,” said Even.
The Prairie Commons Community Garden is located at the St. Louis County Library Prairie Commons Branch, 915 Utz Lane, Hazelwood, MO 63042. For more information on getting involved in the garden, please contact Erin Magner at the Prairie Commons Branch 314-944-3300 or Garden Leader, John Reese at
About St. Louis County Library
St. Louis County Library is the busiest library in Missouri. In 2013, the library circulated over 15 million items including books, DVDs, eMedia, video games, magazines and CDs. In the same year, over 6 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
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 or call 314-588-9600.