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West End Community Gardens

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WHERE: corner of 12th Street SW and McMillon Avenue ( Map  )

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UPDATED: 5.8.14

CONTACT: Urban Ministry

(205) 781-0517 | email

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The mission of West End Community Gardens is “Growing Food, Growing Community.”

WE Gardens is located at the corner of 12th Street SW and McMillon Avenue. We are one block behind Urban Ministry, which is located on Cotton Avenue directly across the street from Hemphill Elementary School. Volunteer workdays and garden tours are Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 12-4 in the fall and winter and 8-12 in the spring and summer.

We believe that the way to a community’s heart is through its stomach. It is our vision to revitalize the West End community’s life blood, body, mind, and spirit, through the growing and sharing of naturally grown foods. Our programmatic approach has a threefold purpose:

Our inspriation is found through the fundamental example of community gardens that are beautiful and bountiful.

Education: We provide resources and information about sustainable gardening and natural food preparation to increase the health and well-being of a community overwhelmingly challenged by food insecurity and the lack of healthier food choices.
Institutions: We are striving to create self-sustaining and holistic food institutions that can revitalize the economic landscape in a community that is otherwise a food desert.

What we do:
WE Gardens trains and employs young men from the community, hosts quarterly community events and garden classes, and provides support for local community gardens.

We sell affordable produce at two local markets (Hemphill Elementary school and Princeton Baptist Medical Center), providing access to fresh, healthy food in a food desert.

Our creed:
WE believe in giving…first
WE believe in excellence
WE believe in leading by example
WE believe in passing it on/paying it forward
WE believe in harmony with the earth and with people
WE believe in creating sustainable work and living a sustainable life
WE believe in laughter