Mayor Slay is committed to cultivating and supporting access to successful neighborhood and community gardens so citizens and neighborhood groups can increase the vitality and quality of life of their community through nutrition programs, neighborhood stabilization, beautification, garden-based education, and wellness programs. To this end, the City has started a new Water Access for Community Garden Program, in partnership with Gateway Greening. This program will make free water available to community gardens in the City that meet the eligibility criteria.
Gateway Greening Network Gardens, Non-Network Gardens (only available to groups in St. Louis City)
To be eligible, a garden must have been evaluated and approved by Gateway Greening’s Community Garden Program, meeting the community garden criteria, as outlinedbelow:
The community garden is located on property owned by a non-profit agency, place of worship, the City of St. Louis, or not located on property owned by a private individual or for profitentity, unless otherwise approved in advance by the City of St. Louis.
Produce from the garden is used to benefit the community and is not sold for net financial gain, except that sales of the produce may be used to cover the essential costs of the community garden.
At least ten people agree to tend the garden.
The garden has its own dedicated water meter to track water usage.
Commercial growing operations and farms are not eligible.
In addition to this application, a site visit with a Gateway Greening staff member is required.