Food Access Updates

Food Access and Healthy Initiatives

Findlay Farmstand & Healthy Harvest Mobile Market

The Findlay Farmstand  and Healthy Harvest Mobile Market opened their doors in May and June. They both aim to tackle food insecurity in Walnut Hills, providing residents with access to fresh, local produce. The Market operates every Friday from 1-4 pm and the Farmstand operates every Thursday from 4-7 pm.  Both the  are located in the old Kroger park lot.




Permaculture Garden at Life Skills High School

Healthy Outreach Coordinator Gary Dangel lent his support to Walnut Hills business owner Linda Matthews, creator of the garden next to Bush Recreation Center. The “Harvest of Promise Community Garden” teaches youth the values of permaculture and neighborhood gardening – to see the original description and see more picture, click here!



Concord Garden, Melrose Garden, UC Serves, GO Local, and Volunteering in May

Students and other volunteers from UC Serves and GoLocal helped build a hugelkultur (a type of raised bed made without digging into the soil) and spread wood chips at the Melrose Garden, where trees were also taken down using funds from the City of Cincinnati Urban Agriculture grant. UC Serves also cleared invasive honeysuckle for a permaculture installation at the Julie Hanser Garden, and GO Local built raised beds and planted flowers at the Melrose Garden.  Our Concord garden has made progress this year too, with planted seedlings and fresh wood chips to kick us off in spring and summer!

Our CFO and Healthy Outreach coordinator Elizabeth Waite and Gary Dangel, respectively, have been working with the young women in recovery at First Step Home to build a veggie garden. They are also looking for volunteers for Farm Chef’s Jaime Stoneham, who is conducting Cooking For The Family classes at Bush Recreation on Fridays – if you or someone you know is interested, contact us at
Food Access Updates

ArtPlace America Finalist

The Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation is a finalist for ArtPlace America’s 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund, an extremely competitive national grant program that will consider 70 projects!

On June 6th, ArtPlace America announced that the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation is one of 70 finalists for the 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF).

ArtPlace selected these 70 proposals from 987 applications, making WHRF’s project one of just 7% of the projects across the country to make this cut. ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund is a highly competitive national program, receiving 987 applications this year. Investing money in communities across the country in which artists, arts organizations, and arts and culture activity help drive community development change across 10 sectors of community planning and development: agriculture and food; economic development; education and youth; environment and energy; health; housing; immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development.

The Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation’s proposed project, CoMotion, will use creative placemaking to lessen the hardship our residents experience by living in a food desert. We’re determined to use this difficult situation as an opportunity to build a welcoming, inclusive place within our $20 million Paramount Square project where people can get healthy, locally-grown produce, grab a nutritious drink with friends, hold community meetings, as well as participate in meaningful creative and social activities. “The National Grants Program is actively building a portfolio that reflects the full breadth of our country’s arts and cultural sector, as well as the community planning and development field,” said ArtPlace’s Director of National Grantmaking F. Javier Torres. “Knowing that these projects, and the hundreds of others who applied, are using arts and culture strategies to make the communities across this country healthier and stronger is inspirational.”

“We believe that these projects, when added to our tremendously strong portfolio of demonstration projects, will inspire, equip and connect members of the arts and culture field, the community planning and development field and those who are working to make healthy and equitable communities creatively across the country,” said ArtPlace America Executive Director Jamie Bennett.

The complete list of the 2017 applicants for ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund may be found here.

About ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration among 16 partner foundations, along with 8 federal agencies and 6 financial institutions, that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities. ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, projects in which art plays an intentional and integrated role in place-based community planning and development. This brings artists, arts organizations, and artistic activity into the suite of placemaking strategies pioneered by Jane Jacobs and her colleagues, who believed that community development must be locally informed, human-centric, and holistic.

ArtPlace America Finalist

Findlay Farmstand Opening!

The Findlay Farmstand is back again in 2017 and will be open from 4 to 7 pm in the old Kroger parking lot every Thursday! It is important to provide opportunities for residents in Walnut Hills to access fresh produce in their neighborhood, so we are working with Findlay Market to fight food insecurity left from the closing of Kroger. We urge you to come and show your support for Walnut Hills!

The Farmstand also accepts SNAP benefits and Produce Perks

Findlay Farmstand Opening!