The award-winning Bartlett Park Community Garden flourishes in the heart of Bartlett Park neighborhood on the southside of St Petersburg. Volunteers grow food at the garden year-round, which is given to neighbors free of charge.
Our garden sits on a formerly abandoned lot, which had always attracted people to sit under its massive oak tree. Today, the property is an oasis in the neighborhood, a source of pride, a place for people to meet and work together, and a place for kids to learn about where food comes from. Green Florida is proud to have been able to purchase the property in 2013, guaranteeing that the garden will continue as long as the community supports it. Our partners at Neighborhood Home Solutions also donated a small additional piece of land to the garden in 2013, where we now raise chickens!
Established in 2008, the Bartlett Park Community Garden features dozens of garden beds, well water, a hand pump, two dozen chickens, a greenhouse, compost bins, shed, a shaded patio, and wooden deck for meetings and dinners. Generous support from the Martin Luther King Day of Service, 2015, and other donors is going to allow us to install a solar-powered water system in the coming months.
Regular harvest dinners, pumpkin-carving parties at Halloween and Martin Luther King Day celebrations help make the garden a central feature of this neighborhood.
The Bartlett Park Community Garden has developed into what it is today through hundreds of generous contributions and partnerships. For $25 you can become a member of the Bartlett Park Community Garden today and make a contribution towards keeping the Bartlett Park Community Garden going through to help this community continue to expand its work on both community and gardening.