Summit Hill Community Garden
The Summit Hill Community Garden is an urban space where community members can come together to learn from each other and the earth. Organized by a sub-committee of the Summit Hill Association’s Environment and Beautification Committee, it was created in 2011 with the goal of empowering people through organic gardening to inspire greater self-sufficiency, community connectedness, sustainability and environmental responsibility.
The Community Garden initiative started because of the realization that over 50% of Summit Hill residents are renters or homeowners without access to garden space. Thus, the community garden provides an opportunity for all residents to either rent plots or participate in the garden’s Shared Garden space.
About one-quarter of the garden is dedicated to true community gardening, where a group of people plan, tend and harvest together, which maximizes the space and results in a bounty that can be shared. The Shared Garden space donates a portion of their produce to local food shelves throughout the summer. The garden provides an easy access to green space, land, gardening and fresh food.