New Kensington group backyard finds new dwelling at Salvation Military


New Kensington’s group backyard is about to take root in a brand new dwelling within the metropolis.

The vegetable backyard, beforehand positioned alongside Fifth Avenue between Eighth and Ninth streets, is about to be rebuilt and replanted this yr on the grounds of the Salvation Military off Industrial Boulevard.

The New Kensington Salvation Military is positioned within the former Fort Crawford Elementary College on Third Road. The Salvation Military purchased the constructing from the New Kensington-Arnold College District in 2019.

The backyard, established in 2012, had been positioned the place the brand new Digital Foundry is underneath building on Fifth Avenue. That new facility is scheduled to open this yr.

That parcel turned vacant land after the demolition of buildings broken in a December 2006 fireplace, together with the then-vacant former Pittsburgh Magnificence Academy.

Patrick Coulson, director of the Westmoreland County Group School New Kensington campus and volunteer backyard director, stated they wished to associate with one other group to find a brand new dwelling for the backyard. He met with Maj. Scott Flanders shortly after he and his spouse, Leslie, took over management of the New Kensington Salvation Military.

“We’re a group group. We’re right here to deliver the group collectively,” Flanders stated. “When the backyard was displaced and so they approached me, it was a no brainer. We welcome them with open arms.”

Being referred to as the “New Kensington Group Backyard 2.0,” it is going to be related in dimension to the unique backyard, Coulson stated. Metropolis Councilman Dante Cicconi, a panorama architect, is designing it.

One greenhouse will likely be positioned on the backyard, whereas a second is on the faculty, Coulson stated.

The backyard is being supported by a $30,000 grant from the Group Basis of Westmoreland County.

Coulson stated work on the backyard is anticipated to begin in April with planting in Might, and it is going to be producing this yr.

A lot of the greens grown on the backyard will likely be distributed by means of the Salvation Military, Coulson stated. It’s going to even have personal beds that residents will keep themselves.

In contrast to Tarentum’s Greg Blythe Friendship Backyard, it won’t be open for individuals to choose from on their very own.

The New Kensington backyard’s bounty will go into the Salvation Military’s meals pantry, Sally’s Market, which is about up like a small grocery retailer. Flanders stated it can complement the pantry, the place he stated they need to have contemporary meals options for individuals.

“We’re shifting away from the ramen noodles and the Cup-a-Soup. We need to encourage individuals to make more healthy decisions,” he stated. “It’s going to provide us with contemporary produce to cross on to individuals in want.”

The playground exterior the Salvation Military will stay, Flanders stated.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Evaluation workers author. You may contact Brian at 724-226-4701, or by way of Twitter .

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