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Community garden more than plants

Published 9:32am Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It is a novel concept that has been cultivated into great successes in other communities, so Ironton’s first community garden has the chance to grow into something special as long as that first word — community — is truly a part of the project.

Next spring, a 44-by-132-foot vacant lot on the corner of Seventh and Adams streets will be transformed into a public planting area for those who may not have the opportunity to do so elsewhere.

The property is owned by Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital and will be handled as a partnership between the Ironton in Bloom beautification organization and OLBH’s Healthy Community Initiative.

The lot will be divided into approximately 30 raised beds with gravel paths between the beds. The gardens will be handicapped accessible.

There will be running water available on the site and a shed with individual lockers so gardeners can lock up their tools.

This project is very unique in that it will help some individuals who wouldn’t be able to otherwise to put food on the table, it will beautify a vacant lot and help instill a sense of pride by individuals showing off their green thumbs.

We often say that our community will only move forward if we do so together and through unique partnerships.

This is a perfect example and we look forward to bountiful harvest.

  • Poor Richard

    The American Community Gardening Association says the following about community gardens –

    Benefits of Community Gardens:
    ◦Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
    ◦Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
    ◦Stimulates Social Interaction
    ◦Encourages Self-Reliance
    ◦Beautifies Neighborhoods
    ◦Produces Nutritious Food
    ◦Reduces Family Food Budgets
    ◦Conserves Resources
    ◦Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
    ◦Reduces Crime
    ◦Preserves Green Space
    ◦Creates income opportunities and economic development
    ◦Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots
    ◦Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections

    And I could not agree more. Gardens of all kinds speak volumes of the people that care for them, the importance of pride, of beauty, the wonderful extension of the home, the colors, and bountiful harvest, an appreciation for nature, the outdoors, for creating artistic garden designs, for rarity, for pleasure, and much more. Bravo to Ironton in Bloom and Our Lady Bellefonte Hospital for their role in this important endeavor! EXCELLENT!

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