Community Garden Addressing Family Hunger Tour
Saturday, June 22, 2019
At the Sofia Quintero Arts and Cultural Center (SQACC), Nana's Garden uses raised beds to grow various pesticide-free vegetables and fruits for use in their community kitchen. The site incorporates flowers in the design to add color and plant diversity. They also promote pollinator activity with working apiaries, selling the products under the label of "honey from the hood." SQACC was the first organization in Toledo to have a rain garden, which allows rain to be redirected and repurposed into the soil to benefit plants and flowers, rather than losing it into the sewer system. The garden's open space is also used to host community events such as outdoor weddings and parties.
In 2015, a 4,080 square foot, 51 raised bed garden was built with local business support and community involvement. This garden is called the BUGG (Broadway Urban Garden Greenspace). For the past three years, more than 2,500 pounds of various pesticide-free produce have been provided to a local food bank. Throughout the summer, local residents can also be seen harvesting hundreds of pounds of tomatoes, peppers, squash, okra, and other vegetables. The site is also home to a small prairie and bird and bug houses, attracting nature's smaller creatures. A separate "Native Grounds" area is currently under development to grow Ohio native plants and 35 raised beds have been built, allowing residents to see several hundred native plants and wildflowers.
This event is presented by OEFFA as part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.
1222 Broadway St.
Toledo, OH 43609
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