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The Wilt/Bloom Initiative : Garden Project

Submitted By:
Vincent Stemmler
on 12.01.12

Vincent Stemmler

The Wilt/Bloom Initiative : Garden Project

The Wilt/Bloom Initiative is a non-governmental organization which concerns itself with transforming vacant spaces into usable public spaces that serve the greater good. The projects under this title will mainly involve urban agriculture, vertical farming, and community gardening, but may also include hydroponic and aquaponic projects. We are interested, not only in informing the public about how to do these things, but with helping them hands on.

At our first meeting we set our sights on the Powell Square building downtown. Since that's no longer an option, we’re hoping to start a rooftop/vertical garden at another site TBD. If this idea takes off the way we’d like it too then it could turn into something pretty big... We're hoping to garden on a roof of the building as well as on the inside. The city has a new sustainability plan and is selling LRA-owned lots for $5 for 5 years, but one of the most sustainable things we can do is start farming upwards instead of outwards. It’s just an idea right now but we’re hoping to grow crops, sell some of them at local farmers markets, and donate a portion to the needy. If we can centralize where our food comes from, and make it completely local, then we can cut down on emissions, cut down on the cost of paying to have food shipped to us, and support jobs within the city. Building TBD.


Vincent Stemmler

Vincent Stemmler said 2/1/2013

and Marc, that's great!

Vincent Stemmler

Vincent Stemmler said 2/1/2013

As far as community gardens go, they do have the ability to build community, that's why "community" is in the name. As far as crime rates, I'm sure jobs would help, and maybe different forms of education and communication. But really, crime can happen anywhere, it's just a matter of how close the community is with itself... but hey, that's just my opinion.

Keith Jacobs

Keith Jacobs said 1/31/2013

"Science"Daily... maybe if there was a JesusDaily blog Id actually believe it wasnt just government propaganda. If I cant live in a city where people spend tons of otherwise useful energy to plant flowers on top of decrepid, dangerous and often condemned shells of concrete and brick, then I cant live at all!

Ashley

Ashley said 1/31/2013

Keith, the science is clear on this matter. Community gardens paint a roisy picture but have no impact on crime rate. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/09/090908103632.htm

Keith Jacobs

Keith Jacobs said 1/31/2013

Ashley... did you know that 16 people were murdered in North STL in only the first month of the year? Did you know that North STL has ZERO gardens? Were you aware in your ignorance that ZERO murders occur in the botanical gardens? Grass = love, cement = hate... build gardens to save our city 2013!

Ashley

Ashley said 1/31/2013

Maybe instead of having 2 separate RallySTL ideas with rooftop gardens, you can just partner with the rooftop garden idea that's already been selected? Seems like their are bigger problems in the city to solve than a huge lack of produce gardens....

Marc Brooks

Marc Brooks said 1/3/2013

We recently took advantage of the LRA $5 plan in the LaSalle Park neighborhood. We did the "square foot gardening" plan and used raised beds with specific soil composition. It worked VERY well. https://www.facebook.com/groups/208111882540278/?fref=ts

Vincent Stemmler

Vincent Stemmler said 1/3/2013

Thanks for your support everyone, looks like we weren't able to save the building. This came as a surprise to us... not really sure exactly what happened here. Please support similar efforts, this idea can still take place elsewhere.

Keith Jacobs

Keith Jacobs said 1/3/2013

WELL THIS ISNT HAPPENING ANYMORE http://www.flickr.com/photos/doskrab/8343167522/in/photostream/

Vincent Stemmler
Gerald

Gerald said 12/23/2012

Vincent, would you post the link? Thanks...

Vincent Stemmler

Vincent Stemmler said 12/22/2012

Also, about the LRA lots, before you do any gardening there you should test the soil, the city wants people to take care of those lots so that they don't have to, but planting food there might be dangerous, the soil might contain contaminants such as asbestos and lead.

Vincent Stemmler

Vincent Stemmler said 12/22/2012

You can find information on the LRA lots on their website. Also, I have been in the Powell building several times and it seems safe. Although, it doesn't meet the cities requirements because it doesn't have windows, running water or electricity. The initial structure of the building is solid concrete and the roof was replaced about 8 years ago. Unlike some other ideas involving preservation posted on this site no part of this building has caved in. And actually, I take back what I said, I don't think it's an eyesore at all. I think it's beautiful. The Powell building is a very small start for an idea so large. Also, it would cost just as much, if not more to demolish the building and build a new one... but what's the point? I would consider that a waste when there is already a building fit for this idea.

Ashley

Ashley said 12/17/2012

Is the Powell Square building really safe for use? Photos seem to make it look like a pretty dangerous place that would require a significant amount of resources to just make it meet minimum safety requirements and building codes. http://we-are-the-city.blogspot.com/2010/12/inside-look-powell-square.html I agree this is one of the largest eyesores in the city, but at what point is it more cost efficient to just demolish and start over? Maybe another smaller project would be a better starting point for this project?

jwilson0505

jwilson0505 said 12/11/2012

where can i find information about the LRA $5 for 5 year plan?