Garden Station is a community garden, urban farm, art park and sustainable living education center in downtown Dayton created by over 3000 volunteers and donations from the community. We teach over 60 free classes each year on a wide variety of sustainable living topics. We grow produce in permanent, no-till raised beds to preserve healthy soil structure. Everything is grown organically without chemical pesticides or herbicides. We build healthy soil by adding compost and aerobic compost tea and use crop rotation and companion planting to help prevent disease and pests. Permaculture principals of earthworks water harvesting and permanent ground covers are incorporated in our market crops and we have a food forest of medicinal and edible herbs, berries, nuts and fruit.
Lisa Helm is the founder of Garden Station art park and community garden, which reflects her interest in permaculture, green construction and outsider art. Garden Station has involved over 200 community organizations and businesses and over 2000 volunteers in its creation since 2008. Since then Lisa has helped form a Dayton Urban Farmer’s group, organized local Parking Day events, a Sustainable Living Workshop series, and an Earth Day festival and has been a speaker for gardening and planning conferences and sustainable living events.
Lisa holds a Master of Music degree from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and taught for ten years in several colleges and universities as well as art magnet schools. She is Permaculture Design Certified, a Master Organic Gardener, has taken classes in natural building at Blue Rock Station and urban farming with Will Allen and Jean-Martin Fortier, and is a graduate of Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance Seed School. In 2013 Lisa and her partner, George, opened “Dayton Urban Green”, a sustainable living shop at the public market to provide supplies for the workshop series and eco-friendly options for everyday items.