Our Goals and Mission
Our Mission is to create community gardens from vacant delapidated lots, gardens that foster opportunities for community engagement, education, and support, as well as economic empowerment, to return the community and its resources to the people.
Our Goals are to:
- Create Safe Spaces for community interaction and fun across all ages, cultures and incomes;
- Create Local Sustainable Food Sources for area residence, Food Banks and Missions.
- Create Spaces of Beauty by encouraging the creation of a variety garden types including Flower, Desert & Rock, Art, Butterfly, and Senior/Challenged Accessible;
- Engage and Educate the public on Nutrition, Environment, Stewardship, Diversity and Civic Responsibility in cooperation with local Schools, Libraries, and other area organizations;
- Help Beautify Huntington to attract new citizens and businesses to the area.
Beauty and Bounty: Community Unification and Urban Agriculture
There are two arms of the project: Urban Agriculture and Community Unification through Beautification. This is a holistic model which serves to create a positive mental and emotional attitude about our community through beautification efforts and also creates opportunity for physical health and education through Urban Agriculture.
Since its inception in February 2009, Huntington Community Gardens (HCG) has created six successful projects in partnership with Home Depot of Barboursville, Rose Hill Nurseries, Lavallette Nursery, the City of Huntington’s Weed and Seed program, the Huntington Housing Authority and Habitat for Humanity.
Scores of citizens have dragged hoses, gotten their hands dirty and pulled weeds on their days off. We have received over $15,000 in donations, both physical and monetary, in addition to hundreds of hours of volunteer time, advisory support and pro bono professional services from those who are passionate about this project.
Projects from Spring through Summer 2009:
- GARDENS & URBAN AGRICULTURE
- Barnett Center Learning Garden
- Marcum Terrace Garden
- Northcott Court Garden
- Carter G. Woodson Garden
- Children's Cut-Flower Garden - 1016 Minton St.
- Fairfield Senior's Vegetable Garden - 1126 Minton St
- COMMUNITY UNIFICATION
- Earth Day Grand Opening
- Junior Master Gardeners “Literature in the Gardens” program
- Community Talent Show and Cookout
- Community Outreach program