Plant It Forward’s Montrose garden produces more than just veggies

By | July 15, 2014

On the University of St. Thomas campus is a half-acre garden teeming with produce this time of year. The organic vegetables are sold at farmers markets, farm stands and restaurants around town. Aside from being some of the freshest produce available in town, they’re also an important source of income for refugees trying to make a life here in Houston. KHOU and Culturemap teamed up recently to speak to one of the farmers involved with the program.

The nonprofit Plant It Forward is responsible for matching garden plots in urban areas of Houston, training and willing refugees where the end result is best stated as a win-win. Plant It Forward’s mission is to have “a farm in every neighborhood.”

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District provided services such as safety patrols by off-duty HPD officers, graffiti abatement, trash pick-up, maintenance of esplanades, among other services outlined in the Districts’ Assessment Plan, that are supplemental to services provided by the City of Houston, had been reduced in Mid-November and ceased completely as of December 11. The District had to cease the services due to unpaid assessments from some of the commercial property owners within the District. Delinquent assessments for 2016 and prior years are being collected for services that were delivered in 2017. The current lawsuit status does not affect the collection of delinquent assessments due for 2016 and prior years for services rendered for calendar year 2017. Please direct questions regarding the cessation of services to Executive Director, Ben Brewer at BBrewer@MontroseDistrict.org. We are committed to helping our neighborhood remain the safe, vibrant and attractive place to live and do business and would like to hear from you on how we can continue to work together in this effort.