Citizens For A Better Norwood

Thursday, July 08, 2010

NEXUS Community Garden offers education open to all

Xavier University has partnered with Norwood and Evanston community members to create a 30-plot community garden behind Xavier’s McGrath Health & Wellness Center on the north side of Cleneay Avenue. The Norwood-Evanston,-Xavier Urban Sustainability (NEXUS) Community Garden launched in April.

NEXUS is a unique project aimed at engaging Norwood and Evanston residents alongside Xavier University students, faculty and staff to grow food, learn about sustainable living, and build community on common ground. The plots are about 8 by 3 feet each and for $25, gardeners will have that space to grow in through the end of October.

From late April through October each year, NEXUS will be a hub of learning and community engagement. Free workshops will be held three times each month through the season and are open to NEXUS members and to the general public. Check this website for the latest details.

July 10: 10:30-11:30 am in Cohen 195 “Growing and Cooking with Herbs”
July 13: 6:30-7:30 pm in Cohen 195 Showing of the film “Fresh”
July 24: 12-2 pm at the NEXUS Community Garden “Mid-Summer BBQ” (bring side dish to share)
August 7: 10:30-11:30 am at the Garden “Harvest the Rain” Rain Barrel Workshop
August 21 10:30-11:30 am at the Garden “Eat Local” workshop
August 26: 7-8 pm at the Garden “Container gardening workshop”
September 11: 10:30-11:30 am location TBD “Canning and Preserving”
September 25: 11 am - noon “Fall Harvest Party with Jazz music”
September 26: 7-8 pm Cintas Center “Will Allen: The Urban Farming Revolution”
October 9: 10:30-11:30 am location TBD “Food Security and Justice”
October 23: 10:30-11:30 am at the Garden “Putting your garden to bed”

Design and implementation is facilitated by a steering committee of 14 members from Norwood, Evanston, and Xavier. NEXUS has generous support of: Urban Harvest, Al Neyer, Inc., Evans Landscaping, Xavier University Peace & Justice Programs and Physical Plant, and the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati.

For more information, contact Brad Rogers, NEXUS Norwood Co-Chair at or Molly Robertshaw, NEXUS Xavier Co-Chair at 745-3560 or