The success of the NEXUS Community Garden on Xavier's campus was recognized Nov. 18 for its far-reaching impact after its first season of operation. The Norwood-Evanston-Xavier Community Garden won two awards at Keep Cincinnati Beautiful's Annual Awards Banquet, taking first in the mini-grant category and second in the community-wide project category. The NEXUS garden won $750 with its awards.
NEXUS had 60 registered gardeners this season who planted, tended and harvested their plots between April and October. There were 26 Norwood and Evanston neighborhood resident participants and 34 Xavier faculty, staff and student gardeners. They worked in teams, building cooperation, gardening skills and friendships in the process.
In addition to hands-on gardeners, the NEXUS 2010 Season of Events drew 220 additional participants to 12 workshops and community-building activities such as backyard composting, water barrel construction, and canning and preserving.
The garden's design and implementation is assisted by a steering committee of members from Norwood, Evanston and Xavier. The initiative is spearheaded by Xavier’s Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice. The community garden is also supported by Xavier’s Women of Excellence Giving Circle, Urban Harvest, Al Neyer, Inc., Evans Landscaping, Xavier University Physical Plant and the Civic Garden Center of Cincinnati.