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Community Roots

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment
  • Hunger


1104 W GAMBIER STMOUNT VERNON, OH 43050 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Eat Better. Feel Better. Do Better


Formerly known as Glass Gardens Greenhouse, the approximately six acres at the end of West Gambier Street in Mount Vernon has experienced a shift in land use since Glass Gardens closed its doors in 2010.

Now known as Community Roots, these abandoned greenhouses and fields are being used as the site of community programs that restore the historical horticultural use, while also developing agricultural and land stewardship programs. We are seeking to directly support and supplement:

  • Local school science standards (e.g. STEM education goals, etc.)
  • Agricultural & horticultural education (eg. 4H, FFA, KCCC, OSU Extension-Knox Co, etc)
  • Wilderness skills and programs (scouts, orienteering, camping, bluebird & butterfly monitoring, plant and insect identification, Natural Fit Outdoor Adventures)
  • Community Health programs (e.g. TouchPointe, Hospice of Knox County, Opportunity Knox, OhioJobs, MERIT court)

We also want to support families with a space that can be used as a public learning location, something akin to a hybrid between a community center and a library. This space would be available for students to do or receive help with homework, while in a setting that uses natural design to create a relaxed environment.


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