2013 URBAN GARDENS SUBDIVISION
Through this project, BRG hopesto encourage neighborhoods to begin planting fruit trees and shrubs thatprovide healthy snacks and food for the community. These URBAN ORCHARDS are relatively low-maintenancealternatives to community gardens. Instead of a corner store Urban Gardens now has a corner orchard.
This NeighborWoods project was generouslyfunded by ExxonMobil, and is a collaboration between BRG, The King’s Children Ministry,and Urban Restoration Enhancement Corp (UREC). The Urban Gardens Subdivision inhabits the old Hollywood Elementary sitein N. Baton Rouge. Two house lots ownedby the King’s Children Ministry are kindly held in perpetuity as communalgreenspaces. BRG was brought in by the developer– UREC – to design and install programming for the vacant lots.
During the planning phase ofthese greenspaces residents expressed a desire for a community garden, however maintenanceresources were limited. BRG designed aspace that would yield food crops and build community ties in the same way as ashared garden, yet require significantly less upkeep.