Brick Gardens St. Aloysius Urban Farming


Brick Gardens, a social-enterprise specializing in converting vacant buildings into indoor hydroponic grow farms, will partner with St. Aloysius, an integrated system of mental health services and education for children and adolescents in southwest Ohio, to implement an indoor hydroponic farming education program. Additionally, Brick Gardens, which began as a People’s Liberty Project Grant, and St. Aloysius will work to repurpose an outdoor abandoned urban farm located at the St. Al’s Reading Road main campus in the Bond Hill community. Enhancing the property creates a vibrant, fully occupied campus incorporating reinvigoration of St. Al’s history, the Bond Hill/Roselawn rejuvenation and community plan, as well as general beautification. The goal is to restore unused acreage for agricultural production, therapeutic gardening and beautification to be utilized as an educational tool for the Bond Hill neighborhood.

The urban farm is one of many initiatives St. Al’s will pursue to build momentum for a vibrant campus. Hands-on training and education for volunteers and young people will align with STEM + Arts (STEAM) curriculums important to future jobs in agriculture and business.

Through a partnership with Neighborhood Grow, Brick Gardens will expand resident engagement, fostering a sense of collaboration and community identity sustained through partnerships with community-based institutions and businesses.

Read more: Brick Gardens/St. Aloysius Master Plan

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Derek Peebles