NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (July 5, 2016) – Last month organizers of Grand Gardens located in New Port Richey held an official sign raising on the property. Designed by a Gulf Middle School student, Park Mylott, the art work is now emblazoned on the new sign as well as t-shirts promoting the gardens. Grand Gardens is located at the South West corner of Georgia and Grand Blvd. in New Port Richey — 5721 Grand Blvd.
Earlier this year, a design contest was held in the sixth grade art class to create original art that would become the official image for the new community gardens on Grand Boulevard. The submissions for the Grand Gardens community garden signs were created by Faith Santillana’s art class students at Gulf Middle School. Members of the City Council of New Port Richey chose the image they liked best from a group of three finalists, all selected from more than 20 submissions from the GMS art students.
“We extend a hearty ‘thank you’ to all the Gulf Middle students who participated in the sign contest,” said Dell deChant, one of the organizers for the new community garden.
The community gardens project was developed through funding and support from Friendship Farms & Fare, Nature Coast Real Food Project, Ecology Florida, East Madison Growers Club, the Green Commerce Association, and local residents. The establishment of the Grand Gardens is made possible through New Port Richey’s trend-setting Urban Agriculture Ordinance, which promotes the transformation of vacant lots in the City into productive community gardens.
Working in collaboration with the property owners, Gary Gann and Steven DeMatos, whose business is adjacent to the planned gardens, the project includes individual gardening plots available to anyone for a modest donation and a commitment to assist with the project while learning how to grow vegetables in Florida. In addition to the individual plots, a larger community garden is being maintained by participants as well.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF GARY GANN