Grizzlies Garden Project Pavilion
The Green Leaf Learning Farm (GLLF), a strategic program of Knowledge Quest (KQ) since 2010, is a 2/3-acre certified USDA Organic urban micro-farm located in the historic South Memphis neighborhood. The farm operates to promote its three strategic pillars: education, community development, and food access and security. Green Leaf Learning Farm involves the ongoing conversion of 25 formally vacant lots and abandoned buildings. In 2013, STA received funding from the Mid-South Regional Greenprint Sub-Planning Award to work with KQ to develop a Master Plan that guides the sustainable expansion of GLLF as a green asset for the South Memphis community. KQ is now in the process of executing this plan that transforms unproductive vacant lots into productive green assets while also promoting sustainable agriculture practices. Self + Tucker Architects also partnered with Knowledge Quest to secure over $300,000 in Qualified Energy Conservation Bond (QECB) funding for the renovation of a vacant 10 unit apartment building that is being converted into the Residences at Green Leaf. STA employed a proactive and strategic approach to help gain funds for the project that we are striving to replicate with other clients. This building will be an anchor for the future Agri-tourism initiative being implemented by GLLF. The building will have a 10kW Solar Array and will meet the requirements for Enterprise Green Communities Certification. Most recently, STA completed the design of the new Grizzlies Garden Project Pavilion that is the centerpiece of the expansion of the farm through a partnership with Knowledge Quest and the Memphis Grizzlies. The Pavilion is located adjacent to the main entrance to the Garden and is easily accessible on three sides. The Pavilion encircles an existing tree and provides an exceptional view of the surrounding organic garden and neighborhood. The facility is approximately 1500 square feet and will comfortably seat up to 40 people at tables. It will be available for use each day by students and for special occasions such as the recent Fall Festival. Knowledge Quest continues building additional infrastructure and growing their learning gardens in support of the after school programming they provide in the South Memphis area. STA is dedicated to the revitalization of South Memphis and excited to continue to support the vision and growth of one of the community’s vital assets, Green Leaf Learning Farm.