This week we announced plans for Providence’s first city-owned urban greenhouse through our Lots of Hope program. The greenhouse will be a place where neighbors of all ages can work together toward building a more sustainable community.
The greenhouse will be an important community asset by extending the growing season for local urban farmers, helping foster micro-businesses, promoting composting, and serving Providence students.
It will be built on vacant land located in the heart of South Providence and within walking distance of Mary Fogarty Elementary School, Robert Bailey Elementary School, a library, a senior center and a church.
Low-cost leases to farmers using the greenhouse will support agricultural business development and link locally grown food with school food service purchasing. The greenhouse will also provide opportunities for school curriculum integration, including a composting pilot where students will learn about local food systems and reducing solid waste.
The greenhouse represents the latest phase of our Lots of Hope initiative launched last year in partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation. Lots of Hope is turning vacant, city-owned property into productive urban farms and bringing fresh produce to neighborhoods. The greenhouse project is funded by the Rhode Island Foundation and Partners for Places.
We look forward to seeing this vacant land be transformed into a hub of urban agriculture in Providence.