Urban Garden Project

Clean Sweep Frederiksted launched the Urban Garden Project as a way to address the infrastructural blight in the historic district. Neighborhoods filled with vacant or abandoned properties are linked to higher rates of mental distress, chronic illnesses, sexually transmitted diseases, and unhealthy habits. The broken window theory proposes that the vacant properties “create a climate of social and psychological disorder that attracts criminal activity and violence and becomes a breeding ground for vermin.”

Uncared-for space makes many neighborhoods unattractive, resulting in less investment in the community. Additionally, crimes that may occur on or around this property will encourage a feeling of helplessness. (source publichealthpost.org)

The urban garden project’s goal is to turn vacant and underutilized lots into community gardens increasing resident’s access to fresh produce while simultaneously beautifying the town.  

Additionally community gardens:

  • Increase access to fresh foods
  • Improve food security [1]
  • Increase physical activity through garden maintenance activities
  • Improve dietary habits through education
  • Increase fruit and vegetable intake
  • Reduce the risk of obesity and obesity-related diseases
  • Improve mental health and promote relaxation
  • Gardens can improve economic opportunities by training volunteers and selling food at farmers’ markets
  • Urban agriculture can teach residents useful skills in planning, food production, and business
  • Improving vacant lots may also increase property value

Are you a property owner interested in creating a garden on your property? Contact us today at info@cleansweepfrederiksted.org

Weed Warriors Volunteer Calendar

Nothing from April 1, 2020 to April 8, 2020.