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Sunlight of the Spirit Armitage Recovery Residence | Gethsemane Community Garden

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Sunlight of the Spirit Armitage Recovery Residence  | Gethsemane Community Garden

Resident Caretaker, Summer 2011

Project summary

UHC partnered with Jack Clark’s Recovering Communities in 2009 to design and build this lovely community garden on an empty lot adjacent to their Armitage residence, over a struggling earlier attempt. Jack Clark’s Family and Sunlight of the Spirit house and support individuals at risk of homelessness who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

Produce from the garden feeds residents as well as serving Global Coffee and Cargo Cafe, one of Sunlight of the Spirit’s enterprises created to help residents integrate the job market and engage in meaningful work. As the food production at the garden increased, harvests were sent to the busy food pantry at their Fulton Residence as well, serving a large surrounding community in addition to the 115 building residents.

In 2011, one SOS Jack Clark’s resident helped to install and maintain a new tilapia pond on the site, while other residents helped to water the plants (and enjoy them!).

2012 goals for the project are to involve more local community members in the garden, and to increase food production and delivery, to help supply more fresh produce to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.

Harvests Summer 2011
Summer 2010

Summer 2010

Restorative landscape approaches

This project will demonstrate the applicability of various restorative landscape technologies by using the following approaches:

  • Soils amendment using organic matter for health.
  • Biophilic design through the used of curving, natural landforms.
  • Subtle level changes on an otherwise flat site.
  • Raised planting beds for greater accessibility by all ages and physical ranges-of-motion.
  • Introduction of places of repose for small gatherings.
  • As with all UHC projects, symbiotic edible and flowering plant combinations for food production, habitat creation, and beauty.

Gethsemane Garden plan by Nicholas Petty and Michael Repkin. Click to enlarge.

Summer 2009: the UHC team discussing the construction of earthen planting berms to help reinforce a protected sense of space in the garden, as well as provide more surface area for veggies!

For more information, visit Sunlight of the Spirit’s website

Project team

UHC Personnel:
Nicholas Petty, Michael Repkin - Designers
Emily Lake, Marcos Alcozer, Karen Quinteros - Site Managers

Jack Clark’s Recovering Communities personnel:
Denise Downing, Michalina Zawila, Chad Roberson

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