NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (Oct. 26, 2015) – Members and participants of the community and the East Madison Growers Association gathered in September to break ground for the new Grand Gardens on Grand Boulevard in New Port Richey. The project is being 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 owner, Gary Gann, whose business is adjacent to the planned gardens, the project will include 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 will be maintained by participants.
The centerpiece of the garden is herb garden artistically fashioned using 100-year old bricks Mr. Gann saved while the city was doing road repair a few years ago. Many years ago Grand Boulevard was called Old Dixie Highway, and it was paved with bricks. Mr. Gann saved the archaic brick that workers dug up hoping they’d come into good use in the future. Commenting on the bricks, project facilitator, Dell deChant from Ecology Florida observed: “Reusing these bricks from an earlier phase of our history harmonizes with the vision of Ecology Florida to restore and re-envision contemporary culture — using the best from the past in respectful and creative ways.”
With work underway, organizers of this effort has announced that they will hold the Grand Opening of the Grand Gardens on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 2 to 4 pm. The opening will include special events, an inaugural address, and information brochures. All who attend will receive milkweed seeds as part of the Ecology Florida project to help restore Monarch butterfly communities in Florida.
Grand Gardens is located at the South West corner of Georgia and Grand Blvd. in New Port Richey — 5721 Grand Blvd.
Ecology Florida advances the harmonious integration of healthy natural, cultural,
and economic ecologies to regenerate a sustainable world
Nature Coast Real Food Project educates our community on the benefits of chemical-free food
Friendship Farms & Fare affirms and advances agrarian ideals to reestablish a sustainable culture
East Madison Growers Club is a “growing” group of neighbors that are dedicated to the visual and social improvement of New Port Richey’s East Madison neighborhood. http://eastmadison.org/
Green Commerce Association is dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and assisting businesses and residents of West Pasco in developing a resilient and sustainable community http://gca.us.org/#directorypage
City of New Port Richey Environmental Committee explores new environmental initiatives for consideration and funding by the city council, advises the city council, and may render special reports to the city council as the members may deem necessary.