Building a Garden and a Community – Join the Tampa Eden Project!

by Alison Lueders, Great Green Content

The Sustany® Foundation has approved a mini-grant for the Tampa Eden Project (TEP). The $500 grant will enable TEP to  partner with The Well –  programs run by a non-profit called the Underground – to build a vegetable garden at the Well’s new location on Florida Avenue.

Both organizations provide fresh food and other supplies to the poor. The new vegetable garden will be used to train people to grow their own food, as well as providing free, fresh, and local food to guests at The Well. The raised garden bed will have a micro-irrigation system that optimizes water consumption.

The Tampa Eden Project teaches people to grow their own food.
The Tampa Eden Project teaches people to grow their own food.

What’s growing?

The new garden will be built and planted soon, so TEP will be planting fall crops.  These include cucumbers, pumpkins, peppers, tomatoes, beans, and squashes, to name just a few.  Every season they will re-do the beds with help from volunteers in the community.

Save the Dates!

Everyone can get in on the action. The garden installation day is set for the month of September.  Natalia Dengler, Director of TEP says, “We would love the greater community to join ours at the Well during the garden installation and workdays.”  Contact her at 813-340-6942  or at or Also “Like”  the Well or Tampa Eden Project on Facebook to keep up with the latest events.

The project is open to everyone. Natalia says, “We love to have people from all backgrounds work together for a common cause, and gardening is a good one for interaction and bonding.  People should contact me to set up a volunteering time.”

Gardening is great for interaction and bonding.
Gardening is great for interaction and bonding.

A Perfect Match

The Sustany® Foundation has long supported efforts to increase awareness of and access to fresh, healthy and local foods. Indeed, the theme for last year’s Sustainable Buzz was “Farm-to-Table.” So the Tampa Eden Project aligns perfectly with Sustany®’s commitment to fresh, healthy food for all.

For more information about the Tampa Eden project, contact Natalia Dengler at 813-340-6942 ( or

For more information about mini-grants from the Sustany® Foundation, click here.