ANOVA Gifts Benches, Tables for St. Louis Green Spaces

Gateway Greening is a St. Louis nonprofit organization that educates and empowers people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture. The gift of the new furniture will go a long way to continue to make the green spaces more inviting for those who live near the community gardens around the city.

“Our mission is perfectly aligned with Gateway Greening to empower our communities, and we’re happy to be a part of their project to improve our city’s gardens,” said Eric Gilbert, Anova President. “We’re impressed with their commitment to promote green spaces and we hope our contribution can help make a difference.”

Anova has donated over fifty benches, garden tables, receptacles and bike racks to give community gardeners a way to keep the spaces clean and more inviting for the neighborhood.

“We rely on gifts from the community to continue our efforts to grow urban agriculture as a way to strengthen communities, and Anova’s donation will be a great addition to the gardens around the city,” said Mike Sorth, Gateway Greening’s Executive Director. “The new furniture allows these green spaces to become a true gathering place for the neighborhoods where people can sit, picnic, and truly appreciate the beauty of the gardens.”

Eleven green spaces, including the City Seeds Urban Farm, the COLA Victory Garden and the Bell Demonstration Garden will have the furniture installed in the beginning of spring, just in time for planting season. ANOVA’s furniture donations will be on a continuing basis and community gardens are encouraged to apply for an expansion grant to receive furniture in the future.

Gateway Greening is a non-profit organization that educates and empowers people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture. Gateway Greening has been working to provide creative, grassroots solutions to urban problems since 1984. Programs include supporting more than 200 community and youth-focused gardens across the St. Louis area through educational opportunities, grants and technical assistance; urban beautification projects that enhance the downtown St. Louis urban landscape; and City Seeds Urban Farm, a 2.5 acre farm in downtown St. Louis that provides therapeutic horticulture and jobs training programs to individuals who are homeless and underserved.