About The Greenhouse Project
Our mission is to “Grow a sustainable community through education, wholesome food, and healthy active living.”
We are a 501(c)3 organization whose focus is to educate both children and adults about the relationship between the foods we eat and our personal and public health. The Greenhouse Project promotes a food ecosystem that is healthy for people, the environment and animals, and promotes disease prevention through diet, movement and active living.
As a mission-driven public charity, our programs benefit community education, wellness, nutrition, and local hunger projects.
The Land on which our greenhouse stands is part of the ancient homeland and territory of the Lenape people. We pay respect to Lenape peoples past, present, and future and their continuing presence in the homeland and throughout the Lenape diaspora.
We operate a 3000 square feet greenhouse in Scrantonâ€™s Nay Aug Park, The James Barrett McNulty Greenhouse. The greenhouse allows us to grow and sell plants which help support our mission. We also teach hands-on gardening and horticulture classes to both children and adults. The greenhouse is also used regularly for wellness programs like yoga and tai chi, nutrition education programs, and creative arts classes for personal & social wellness. In the past, we also hosted numerous school educational tours and look forward to hosting students again when conditions permit.
Originally, The James Barrett McNulty Greenhouse was made possible by a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation and a grant from Ronald McDonald House Foundation. Currently, The Greenhouse Project operates collaboratively at The McNulty Greenhouse through an agreement with the Scranton Municipal Recreation Authority and the City of Scranton.
Our Community Gardens
Community gardens are assets which bring people together and foster vital social interaction. Garden subscribers have included many long-term Scranton residents, as well as a number of recent newcomers from central Africa, Bhutan, Nepal, Mexico, and Barbados. Among the gardeners are teachers and artists, professionals and skilled laborers, retirees and children.
Laurieâ€™s Community Garden (corner of Vine and North Irving streets in The Hill Section of Scranton) is named for a woman who lost her life in a fire on that property in 1999. Since 2009, Laurie’s garden has been growing more than food in this neighborhood. Ten garden plots are subscribed by residents who grow vegetables and flowers. In past years, Laurieâ€™s Community Garden partnered with the Everhart Museum for an exhibit demonstrating the impacts of this community garden in the neighborhood.
The Don Noll Memorial Garden (corner of Myrtle & Monroe in The Hill Section of Scranton) began in 2015 as a land gift from Declan Mulhall and a grant from The United Way of Lackawanna Co. This garden has more than a dozen individual plots and continues to grow! It also includes several plots dedicated to growing fresh food for local food pantries.
Programs & Events
Building Sustainable Community is what we’re all about – and what better way to do that than to coordinate community events and learning opportunities?
All year long, we offer opportunities to feed your mind, body and creative self with classes in gardening, plant-based eating, yoga, outdoor activities like kayaking and nature walks, as well as an array of creative art classes. We also host fun events for the community to come together and get to know one another. Annual events like the HoneyBee & Harvest Festival, the Rooted in The Hill: Home & Garden Tour with the Lackawanna Historical Society, show how having fun with our neighbors can sow the seeds of healthier neighborhoods.
All Greenhouse Project public programs are supported by:
1. Seasonal Plant Sales at The Greenhouse (spring, fall, and certain holidays)
2. Donations from community members like you who want to make a difference
3. Grants and sponsorships from generous organizations in our community