March 26, 2009
D. and I have just returned from an open house at The Greenhouse Project, a greenhouse and garden built and maintained by troubled youth in Toledo—with the assistance of volunteers and adult mentors.
Several local agencies and non-profits have culled their resources to make this project happen… plans include raised beds for vegetables, chickens in chicken coops that have already been built, a worm box and a huge composting area.
The greenhouse itself is pretty impressive. It was constructed late last year by over 30 area youths and will be filled with flowers, vegetables and fruit starting this Spring. Copy/pasted from a press release by Michael Szuberla at Toledo GROWs: “The resulting benefits to participating youth, their families, the neighborhood and greater community will include: reduced gang-related activity, the teaching of job skills, neighborhood beautification, increased availability of fresh produce, and an increase in earth stewardship values.”
The Greenhouse Project is located behind Connecting Point (1212 Cherry St.) along Lagrange Street, between Seneca and Onedia Streets.
For more information about Toledo GROWs visit their site, here.
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