Veterans Garden Feature

East End Veterans Memorial Garden

The East End Veterans Memorial Garden (EEVMG) is located directly behind Eli’s BBQ on Riverside Dr. This garden houses, Harvesting Heroes, one of only three Veteran Horticultural Therapy Programs in the country. Harvesting Heroes is a partnership between: The Cincinnati VA, The Domiciliary for Homeless Veterans, EEVMG, Urban Blooms, Turner Farms, The City of Cincinnati, Ohio State Hamilton Country Horticulture Extension Office, and Cincinnati State. The EEVMG also is home over over 125 fruit trees, making it the largest public orchard in Cincinnati.

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EEVMG Production Garden Beds

 

Every Thursday a bus full of veterans in the substance abuse or PTSD rehabilitation programs comes down to the EEVMG. While at the garden, veterans are taught various lessons relating to horticulture, while also learning and relaxing through “hands in the dirt” gardening projects.

Veterans working on a Tomato Teepee
Veterans working on constructing a Tomato Teepee
Urban Blooms Members with EEVMG founder Joe Coceran
Part of the Harvesting Heroes Team

The EEVMG also offers unique volunteer opportunities for students, civic organizations, and religious groups. This summer groups ranging from UC Faculty members, and  Xavier Students, to Crossroads Volunteer Groups have all came to EEVMG to help prep for the growing season.

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Crossroads Volunteers

 

In order to finance operations, EEVMG sells Peach, Cherry, Apple, and Pear trees to individuals and community organizations. The garden also sells peppers, herbs, and spring mix to local restaurants all within walking distance of the garden.

Peach and cherry tree starters
Peach and cherry tree starters