This September we will celebrate a ten year partnership with Garden City Harvest at our Orchard Gardens property. It’s hard to believe that a decade has gone by but I can remember Homeword visioning this project starting back in 2001.
Through our community design charrette (brainstorming session) we listened to the concerns and ideas of neighbors and the greater community. This valuable input influenced the unique design and special zoning district applied to this four (4) acre parcel where we appropriately increased the density to match districts nearby and permanently protected open space and agriculture. Orchard Gardens is built in the Orchard Homes neighborhood – a neighborhood rich in agricultural history.
We wanted to model appropriate development at the edge of urban services. We desired to demonstrate a project that provided both housing and food security because often people struggle to provide both for their families when living with limited incomes.
We found the right partner in Garden City Harvest (GCH). They are as dedicated as Homeword is in building community.