Community Gardening in the Lehigh Valley Underway

Spring is certainly in full bloom in the Lehigh Valley and community gardening is in full swing.

The Express Times featured a story on the South Side Community Gardening Initiative that is underway within South Bethlehem. Part of Lehigh University’s SouthSide Initiative, the community gardens are yet another part of the effort to revitalize South Bethlehem.

The garden has been built at Ullman Park on Sassafras and Wyandotte streets. Plots at the garden can be purchased for a $10 upkeep fee and the gardener has a choice in what vegetables to plant.

The group’s co-founder and current director of the SouthSide Initiative John Pettegrew stated:

In the South Side, a lot of attention is drawn to steel, and rightfully so, but there is much more. We want to educate residents about native species and how to plant and work with soil so they can grow food for their own consumption.

To sign up for a plot, visit the SouthSide Community Gardens Sign-Up page, or if you would like to contact them directly, send an email at or call 570-540-0239 (after 5 p.m. if possible).

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 May 24, 2010, in Neighborhoods, Regions, Trends, Urbanism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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