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Celeste F
33 NW 118 Street
(La Paloma )
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the project

Plant and maintain 6 front-yard gardens on swales at strategic corners throughout La Paloma, a culturally-mixed neighborhood in northern, unincorporated Miami-Dade. Each garden will cultivate flowers, fruits, and vegetables, and will surround a trash can, a recycling bin, and a compost bin. Soaring over the garden, in lieu of a scarecrow, will be a sculpture of a dove created by neighborhood youth in collaboration with local artists.


The La Paloma Garden Walk would promote health and community in the La Paloma neighborhood. In a neighborhood without a public park, the garden walk will inspire residents to get out of the house and explore, activating the sidewalks as public and recreational space. Designated families on each block would maintain the gardens, in collaboration with their neighbors. The caretakers would also manage the trash, recycling, and compost bins, keeping trash off the streets and enriching the soil. The vegetable and fruits would be shared by all, whether casually picked by passersby or harvested by the community. The doves would stand as a symbol of neighborhood pride.


the steps

1. Select host families for 6 gardens

2. Install garden beds in the front yards of each host family

3. Design and fabricate dove sculptures for each garden

4. Plant winter and spring gardens

5. Share the harvest with a community feast in the winter and the spring

why we're doing it

La Paloma is a section of unincorporated Miami-Dade County with no public park and a weak sense of community. The La Paloma Neighborhood Association is installing the garden walk to activate sidewalks as public space and to promote healthy eating, excercise, and a sense of community.


Project Staff: (Master Gardener): $600

Project Staff: (5 Garden Families): $3,000

Other Contracted Services: Dario's Iron Art: $1,500

Materials / Supplies: $3,400

Total Expenses covered by the Miami Foundation grant: $8,500

TOTAL  = $8,500
ioby Platform Fee (covered by the Miami Foundation) $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) (covered by the Miami Foundation) $425

TOTAL RAISED  = $8,500
ioby Platform Fee (covered by the Miami Foundation) $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) (covered by the Miami Foundation) $425



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