Urban Agriculture

Jordan Park

Since 2011, Bon Secours St. Petersburg has served as an active partner in organizing and leveraging the authority of the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition (SUAC), a group of volunteers who facilitate the creation of gardens to increase access to locally grown produce. Since that time the Healthy Community Initiative has sought to foster and promote the growth of urban gardens throughout the community. The Jordan Park Community  Garden, a sustainable eco-agriculture and social services initiative located in the Jordan Park public housing community, developed by the Local Food Project,  grew out of this initiative. There, volunteer master gardeners from SUAC engage and educate neighborhood residents in sustainable gardening methods for the care of their own garden plots.  The project includes JP Kids Garden Club butterfly and demonstration veggie/herb garden, family garden plots, a community service garden project, and senior table gardens. Preschoolers may join Magic Carpet Reading Circle, where a volunteer reads to the children each week, and each child may take home a book to keep. Resident gardeners have learned organic gardening basics to grow their own food. Seniors who are unable to garden themselves may receive deliveries.