Pinellas county housing authority

Planting seeds to enhance neighborhood development

A community garden provides common ground for people of any age to share their knowledge, passion, and curiosity . . .  and because gardening is a universal language, there are no limits to who can be involved.  

On March 24th, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the Rainbow Village community garden.  The garden, soon to be planted with a variety of vegetable plants and seeds, will be a catalyst for bringing the community, both young and old, together to share in the positive experiences and education that gardening can bring and by encouraging healthy eating.  The Greater Ridgecrest Area Youth Development Initiative (GRAYDI) team will coordinate resident involvement, planting and harvesting.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for residents in the community to work together to harvest healthy foods and to teach their children the art of gardening.  I look forward to coming back to see the garden a few months from now” said Angela Rouson, Vice-Chair of PCHA’s Board of Commissioners.  

Residents are excited about the garden as an opportunity to gather with neighbors, grow healthy fruits and vegetables, and to beautify their property. One resident mentioned that he is excited about teaching children how to nurture the garden and connect with other residents to grow something together, as a community.

Rainbow Village is a family community of 200 families. GRAYDI, Head Start and the Police Athletic League provide programs and activities on site for the residents of Rainbow Village. For more information about Rainbow Village, please call (727) 581-4793 or visit PCHA’s website at