Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Urban Agriculture

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Urban Agriculture

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To get the community more involved in agriculture and gardening, the city of St. Cloud, Florida, Parks and Recreation Department, started a program in the fall of 2010 with its first garden planted behind city hall. Soon, there were two more gardens - one in Peg Horn Nature Park and the other in Hopkins Park. These gardens have led to programs, such as the homestead picnic and a garden party, which foster community and bring together hundreds of city residents. According to Jacqueline Dombrovy, the St. Cloud Parks and Recreation naturalist who is responsible for the initiative's great success, the Urban Agriculture Program has done a lot of good for the community: "The city was dealing with a house that had been involved in criminal activity...58 police calls in one year. The house was purchased by the city, which at the time decided to demolish the home and do something with it. A parking garage was the first thought and a community garden was the second, and the community garden won. Before construction was even finished, there was a waiting list for the community garden."

One of the Urban Agriculture Program's latest projects is a Tower Garden that was installed in city hall by the department. …

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