GROW Cincinnati

GROW Cincinnati

GROW Application

GROW Cincinnati by Urban Blooms is the first ever nonprofit program designed to improve communities through public living wall installations. Thanks to support from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Urban Blooms will be providing up to $25,000 in matching funding to two neighborhoods in the Cincinnati area interested in a public living wall installation. For the first time ever, these two communities will be able to incorporate these beautiful, state-of-the-art public installations in their development plans at or below cost. This will empower those communities to further their beautification and sustainability goals and achieve citywide recognition.
 
GROW Cincinnati Living Walls will be awarded to two communities in 2017. Neighborhood organizations are encouraged to summit application to Urban Blooms by July 1st. Each application will need to show the proposed location, social impact, economic impact, environmental impact, support from the community, proof of matching funding, and permission from the property owner. We will judge each application based on support from and impact on their respective communities and award GROW Cincinnati Living Walls to the two communities best suited for the installations. Awarded communities will also receive a grand opening neighborhood party in front of the wall upon completion.
GROW Cincinnati aims to make community members proudBy awarding beautiful living art installations to community organizations themselves and conducting place making activities at the installation sites, Urban Blooms hopes people of those communities will continue the trend and make their neighborhoods even happier, healthier, and more sustainable

Bring GROW to my neighborhood!

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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

 

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Hilltop Funding Successful

Hilltop Garden Successfully Funded!!!

A huge THANK YOU to all of our supporters who came together to successfully fund The Hilltop Community and Learning Project!

Urban Blooms conducted a $5,000 Kickstarter campaign on April 10th, if funded it would Cincinnati’s largest crowd sourced green space project. After a month of exciting conversations with Urban Blooms amazing supporters along with a social media outreach campaign we ended up receiving 52 donations to land squarely on our $5,000 goal!

One week after meeting that goal, we have already begun construction on our community garden beds as seen above. While this is just a piece of the funding that will be needed it is an crucial piece which we have already began leveraging in order to further close our budget. Our friends at Bezak have donated 15 yards of mulch which will be a huge help. Stay tooned, more exciting updates to come!

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