The Guest House’s urban garden program provides fresh, home-grown produce to homeless individuals and families in need. Consisting of 56 raised garden beds and a half-acre of in-ground planting fields, the garden transformed a vacant lot into a healthy urban farm that grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and carrots. Harvested produce is distributed amongst The Guest House, its community neighbors, and food pantries within the Friends of Community Ministries network.
Additionally, the Cream City Gardens hosts the Urban Agriculture Training Program, which delivers job training to formerly homeless individuals. Lessons review topics relating the green industry, basic agriculture, and urban gardening with the intention of preparing graduates for work in local farmer’s markets, urban farming, and the produce departments of neighborhood grocers.