Urban Gardening Program
Shepherd serves an area where residents lack access to fresh produce, also known as a “food desert”. Without a full-service grocery store nearby, it is difficult for our neighbors to acquire fresh fruits and vegetables – essentials to a healthy diet and necessities for a growing child. Our Urban Gardening program began in 2008 and serves our neighbors through a variety of ways! We are always looking to shape the program in a way that best serves the needs of our community.
Door Garden Initiative
As a part of Shepherd’s 46201 Project, our Agricultural Programs undertook the goal of installing 500 personal gardens into our zip code. Each garden is a 6′ x 3′ frame that is delivered to our neighbors house, filled with nutrient rich soil, and has pepper or tomato plants transplanted into the soil. These gardens will help provide access to fresh produce right outside the door of our neighbors house! These gardens will also hopefully spark the desire to grow more food on their own. To help foster the development of these gardens, Shepherd will also be providing garden workshops to help provide basic skills on how to start and care for a garden in the city!
Over the years, our on-site garden has served many different needs. Currently, we are attempting to make our garden more educational and integrated more into the academic lives of our students. We also would like the garden to become more educational for our neighbors, providing them the knowledge to work in their own garden. Shepherd’s summer camp students will spend time each week interacting with the garden and learning about plants and gardens.
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