Bouvier Community Garden

Garden View

The Bouvier Community Garden is a place of beauty and rejuvenation for our community. Here we take part in a sustainable community food system, foster environmental education and healthy recreation, and preserve valuable open space for ourselves and our children.

Prompted by a conversation with the Neighborhood Gardens Association, the Newbold Neighbors Clean & Green committee met on Sept. 9, 2008 to take a look at 1348 and 1350 Bouvier Street, two abandoned garden plots owned by NGA.  We met for our first work day on November 8, 2008 to pull weeds, trim back overgrowth, and uncover any potential problems that would hamper the land's use for a public garden.  In pouring rain, over 10 people turned up, including curious children passing by from the neighborhood.  The lot was cleared back and no major problems were discovered. At the next Clean & Green meeting, plans were presented by our members for a tentative layout.

View photos of the garden in our flickr group!

 

Partnerships

Neighborhood Gardens Association

NGA's mission is to ensure the continuity and long-term preservation of community-managed gardens and open space in low and moderate-income neighborhoods. With the support of NGA, we have entered into a conversation with Council President Anna Verna's office to acquire additional neighboring plots that would allow the garden to encompass a total of 5 city lots.

Bennett Compost

We've been working with Bennett Compost to create a composting site for their residential composting operations.  The owner, Tim Bennett, has constructed two bins and will be providing finished compost to the garden!

Soil Testing

If you're concerned about the quality of your soil or levels of harmful chemicals (in the garden or elsewhere), you can arrange for soil testing through the Penn State Cooperative Extension.  You can pick up a free sample mailer at the Penn State Extension Philly OfficeLearn how to submit samples to be tested, and find out prices for the various tests.