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For Immediate Release: December 17, 2012
Contact: Christian Willauer
Day Phone: 302-658-4171 x185
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Email: westsidegrows@gmail.com

First Lady to Visit West End’s Community Gardens & Market

WilmingtonOn Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 4:30 p.m., West End Neighborhood House will welcome First Lady Carla Markell and Secretary of Agriculture Edwin Kee for a tour of the agency’s community gardens and Cool Spring Farmers’ Market.

The community gardens are part of a wider revitalization effort known as West Side Grows  – a community-based initiative focused on achieving the twin goals of 1) Promoting sustainable agriculture and access to fresh, healthy and delicious fruits and vegetables in Wilmington’s West Side and 2)Creating job opportunities and promoting work-readiness among West Side youth.

The Cool Spring Farmers’ Market began in 2011 through West End’s Bright Spot Ventures program in collaboration with the West Side neighborhood and many partners. Together, the partnership creates jobs for youth, develops places for growing organic vegetables and flowers, sells locally grown produce, educates the community about healthy food, and helps make Wilmington’s West Side a vibrant community.

Both initiatives are extensions of the recently completed West Side Revitalization Plan. The plan is a 10-year, comprehensive revitalization effort for Wilmington’s West Side that focuses on improving housing, strengthening businesses, connecting residents to jobs, creating more opportunities for youth, promoting public safety, strengthening healthcare and revitalizing parks and gardens.

Covering the neighborhoods stretching from Pennsylvania Ave. to Lancaster Ave. and Jackson St. to the railroad tracks west of Bancroft Parkway (a community of over 14,000), the plan was over a year in the making and involved the participation of more than 850 individuals, including community residents, business owners, government officials, politicians, and non-profit leaders. The plan’s creation was guided by a steering committee of 19 community organizations, including the following:

Be Ready Church, Cool Springs/Tilton Neighborhood Association, Cornerstone West CDC, Dare to Care, Delaware Center for Horticulture, 5th District Planning Council, Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center, Latin American Community Center, Little Italy Neighborhood Association, Mother African Union Church, Nemours Health and Prevention Services, 7th District Planning Council, St. Francis Hospital, St. Paul’s Church, West End Neighborhood House, Westside Family Healthcare, Westside Neighborhood Coalition, Woodlawn Public Library, Woodlawn Trustees, and WSFS.

The full West Side Revitalization Plan can be viewed  by clicking on the following link at: http://www.interface-studio.com/isftp/West%20Side/WestSide_Draft_041212.pdf.