Garden at Our Place
The garden at Our Place is a 3-acre urban garden located on the Our Place Campus. We began construction in 2022 and anticipate completing construction in late 2024. When complete, the garden will offer residents accessible raised beds, a 1-acre crop field, orchard, apiary, hoop houses, and an on-site training center.
In 2022, we completed all initial site grading, orchard installation, built all raised beds, and nearly completed the crop field. In 2023, we will focus on completing the crop field to provide a full growing season and installing three hoop houses that will extend our growing season.
The vision for the space is to restore the 3-acres that has been maintained as turf since 1935 to a biodiverse garden using regenerative agriculture principles. The space will provide a significant amount of produce for every family living in the transitional housing facility on campus and will provide families with an inclusive outdoor space that improves personal and community wellbeing.
About the Our Place Campus
Our Place is a housing campus that provides transitional housing to women, their children, and pet companions. The campus is operated by Washoe County through a series of contracts with community providers. On the ground, the collaborative of community-based providers oversee day-to-day operations on campus. The Reno Initiative for Shelter Equity (RISE) manages shelter services and oversees campus admission. RISE is comprised of a 100% certified peer support staff and operates under a Housing First Model, which means anyone is welcome regardless of their decision to participate in services, sobriety status, or ability to pay. Currently, the campus can sleep up to 350 people per night.
Many campus residents belong to groups traditionally marginalized by mainstream society. An over view of 2021 campus resident demographics are as follows: 59% have a physical or cognitive disability, 91% have a behavioral health disorder, 29% belong to a minority racial or ethnic population, and 28% are chronically homeless.
Garden site- summer 2021
Garden site- fall 2022