Newport Community Gardens
Empowering customers to move from crisis, to stability, to self-sufficiency.
Residents of Newport have access to growing their very own fresh foods through the Newport Community Gardens project. A group of passionate community members, supporters, and organizations came together in the fall of 2014 to build nearly 200 4' by 8' low-maintenance, raised-bed gardens.
This collaborative project began with community partners working together to accomplish two goals:
- increase access to fresh vegetables for the residents of the West side of Newport and
- increase their knowledge of ways to grow, harvest, and cook the vegetables so everyone can enjoy a healthier diet.
In addition to growing the traditional tomatoes, cucumbers, and green beans, residents also enjoy growing different kinds of squash, greens, herbs, beets, onios, okra and zucchini while learning how to expand the growing season by planting both cool weather and summer crops.
Local Restaurants & Businesses Supporting Newport Community Gardens
Local restaurants and retail partners support these efforts through the sales of produce from the Campbell County Detention Center production garden. All proceeds from the production garden are distributed to Brighton Center to support hunger relief efforts and provide a means to sustain the gardens for years to come. These locally grown vegetables are picked at the peak of freshness, flavor and nutrition.
Once Harvested, produce is distributed by Ohio Valley Food Connections to local restaurants and homes throughout the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. The produce is also sold directly in West Newport through the Brighton Center's Mobile Market.
Where are the gardens?
Between 7th & 8th St. on Ann St. at 723 Ann Street (Community Beds)
St. Paul's Church 7 Court Place (Community Beds)
Campbell County Detention Center (Production Beds)
Why We Do It
The nearest supermarket for the residents of Newport’s West side is a 25 minute walk, making it difficult to access fresh vegetables for a daily diet. All families and communities deserve to have access to healthy and affordable food. What better way for neighbors to get to know each other and build a stronger sense of community? The community gardens will also build the skills of residents to eventually create a garden in their own backyard, if they have the space.
Newport Community Gardens is made possible by residents and our community partners:
- Doug & Sheila Bray
- Brighton Properties
- Brighton Center
- Campbell County Detention Center
- Campbell County Extension Office
- City of Newport
- Newport Independent Schools
- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
- Holy Spirit Parish
- Clifton Firehouse
Their ongoing support has carried us into our fourth successful gardening season!
Long term volunteers are a vital resource in maintaining a successful community garden. Currently, there are roughly 75 individual volunteer gardeners managing 96 beds. If you are a master gardener or have the knowledge to teach others how to choose, plant, nurture, and harvest a garden in Spring, Summer, and Fall, please sign up to pass those skills on to another.
To learn more about getting involved, contact Brighton's Family Center at (859) 491-8303 ext. 2300 or Beth Hodge at (859) 491-8303 ext. 2331