Best Of 2022

Best Use of Vacant Land Turned Urban Farm

Domonique Peebles founded Brick Gardens in 2016 on a simple premise: He wanted to convert vacant building lots into outdoor urban farms and indoor hydroponic/aquaponic grow spaces with the end goal of providing accessible fresh produce in food desserts. The nonprofit now operates four different plots that help feed residents in Madisonville, Bond Hill, Evanston, Avondale, Norwood and Roselawn. With a focus on neighborhood involvement, Brick Gardens also works to educate residents on how to grow their own food, nutrition and more.