Concord Street Garden
Concord Street Community Garden was started in 2010 through a partnership between the Civic Garden Center and several interested neighbors, including Tom and Mary Carson, the owners of the lot. Formerly Washington Limousine Service, for a decade the lot had been a dump site.
In May 2014, WHRF partnered with Cross Roads GO Cincinnati and The Model Group, building an additional 19 garden beds. Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, UC Serves and the Civic Garden Center hosted a few volunteer groups, a Safe and Clean Grant was awarded and Interact for Health provided funding to finish construction.
The garden now consists of 62 beds of which 40 beds are gardened by individual gardeners and 22 are gardened communally with produce going to the Walnut Hills Kitchen and to the Open Door Food Pantry. The garden uses numerous reclaimed materials: a retention pond made of 200 used tires, a greenhouse made out of used windows, a tool bin made out of used doors, a brick patio made out of reclaimed bricks and compost bins out of used pallets pulled from dumpsters.
The tires, the greenhouse and the bathtubs were painted by teenagers through Cincinnati Human Relations Commission and the City of Cincinnati’s Youth2Work summer program. Special thanks to Gary Dangel for his vision and expertise and to the yoga teacher trainees from Vitality for their tireless contributions.
Thanks to Fiskars for a 2019 Project Orange Thumb Garden Grant! Learn more from their website here.