ECO Garden / Permaganic


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About the ECO Youth Market Garden

Located at 1718 Main Street in historic Over-the-Rhine the ECO Youth Market Garden is on a lot leased from the City of Cincinnati by the Civic Garden Center.

The ECO Youth Market Garden’s mission is to create experiential learning opportunities for inner-city youth to cultivate self-reliance, job skills and an entrepreneurial aptitude by cultivating a market garden to grow fresh, healthy vegetables and herbs for direct sales of produce.

The Civic Garden Center signed the first lease signed with the City on January 6, 1999 and turned the abandoned lot into a thriving vegetable garden and learning center for at-risk urban youth.  Initially a collaboration of the Civic Garden Center, Impact Over-the-Rhine and Findlay Market the ECO Youth Market Garden is now a joint project of the Civic Garden Center with retail outlets at Findlay Market in addition to direct sales to local restaurants.  The garden is a center of community-based activity and youth education contributing to the life and vitality, as well as stability, of the neighborhood including Rothenberg Preparatory Academy.

Program Description & Objectives

The ECO Youth Market Garden program emphasizes leaning through an experiential work-centered program that provides training and an opportunity to grow fresh, healthy vegetables and herbs using sustainable practices.

Create opportunities for inner-city youth to cultivate self-reliance, job skills and entrepreneurial aptitude by organizing a market garden for direct sales at Findlay Market as well as fresh produce to local restaurants.

Introduce participants to basic horticulture techniques, botany, nutrition, and sustainable land stewardship.

Through practical agricultural-centered work participants learn to work together as a team and the value of community engagement as well as eating healthy foods.

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ECO Garden Youth Market Garden Administration

Program Coordinators: Angela and Luke Ebner, Permanganic/Eco Garden

Garden Administrator for the Civic Garden Center: Peter Huttinger, Neighborhood Gardens Program