Get Growing, Bethlehem: 7:00 pm on August 11th

Garden2Allentown is not the only city in the Lehigh Valley holding a community gardens meeting tonight. The Lehigh University South Side Initiative will hold a public meeting tonight, Tuesday, August 11th, to discuss the creation of community gardens in Bethlehem, as part of an initiative to establish urban farming within the city. The meeting begins at 7PM in Room 101 of Lehigh University’s Maginnes Hall.

James Pettegrew, co-founder of the Initiative, told The Express Times that the gardens will “provide a local food source to the neighborhood, plus build stronger community ties between Lehigh and South Side residents.” Currently, Bethlehem officials are searching for viable land for the development. These gardens would be additional to the already-planned developments along the South Bethlehem Greenway.

The South Side Initiative is a collaborative group that works with local organizations to direct Bethlehem towards more sustainable growth. Their primary goal is to facilitate discussion between community members, elected officials, and local stakeholders in order to ensure a thriving and prosperous neighborhood in the South Side of Bethlehem.

Visit the Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley (SUN*LV) events page on their website for more information about tonight’s Allentown event (to be held at 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers) as well as the Bethlehem meeting.

About Beata Bujalska

Beata Bujalska is the former Campaign Coordinator for Renew Lehigh Valley. She currently lives in Panama, a place that fascinates her due to (among other reasons) its recent development boom.

Posted on August 11, 2009, in Health, Municipal Government, Neighborhoods, Public Infrastructure and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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