Brick Gardens will partner with St. Aloysius (St. Al's), an integrated system of mental health services and education for children and adolescents in Southwest Ohio, to implement an indoor vertical farming education program, and repurpose an outdoor abandoned farm located on the property. Brick Gardens is a social enterprise specializing in converting vacant buildings into vertical hydroponic grow houses and unused land for agricultural production providing fresh, healthy produce to areas of Cincinnat considered food deserts.
The project is to enhance the St. Al's Bond Hill property to create a vibrant, fully occupied campus incorporating reinvigoration of St. Al's history, the Bond Hill/Roselawn rejuvenation and community plan, as well as general beautification. Our goal is to restore unused acreage for agricultural production, conservation, therapeutic gardening and beautification to be utilized as an economic, cultural, educational, and community building asset for the Bond Hill neighborhood.
The St. Al's Reading Road location in the heart of the Bond Hill neighborhood has an array of vacant green space including 7 + acres of vacant land currently zoned for agriculture, as well as a very large lawn surrounding the buildings. The project will also include a partnership with Neighborhood Grow, a nonprofit community economic development organization working with residents, community leaders, businesses, and local institutions to identify community priorities, opportunities and economic possibilities.