MOUNT VERNON — A community garden, in its most basic sense, is a garden intended to service and be shared by the community around it. The first community garden in Mount Vernon was started at Faith Lutheran Church on Mansfield Avenue in 2008. The following year, a second community garden was started at the First Church of the Nazarene on Coshocton Avenue and Journey Church in Howard. This year, through a Mount Vernon City block development grant, a fourth garden will be opening at Arch Avenue Park on the west side of Mount Vernon. An information session for those interested in a having a free garden plot at Arch Avenue Park will be held at the park Saturday, April 28, at 11 a.m.
Community gardens serve the community by providing fresh produce at no cost to the residents (participation in maintaining the garden is expected), allows neighbors the opportunity to gather together, build strong friendships and a sense of working together for a common good. Garden plots may contain vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers — the combinations are endless. The community gardens are open to all, regardless of age, ability or gardening experience.
Community gardens also provide beautification to the neighborhood. A community garden has the amazing potential to transform a wasted space into one with vibrant flowers, richly fragranced herbs and beneficial creatures that are bursting with life.
Community gardens add an element unlike any other in a residential neighborhood. At a glance, they show that the residents are invested, proud of where they live and willing to take the steps necessary to make their living spaces beautiful. Plot sizes average about 5 feet by 20 feet. People who are interested in reserving a space in any of the community garden locations can pick up an application starting April 6 at the Public Library of Mount Vernon.
For additional information contact Erin Salva at email@example.com or call the First Congregational United Church of Christ at 740-393-1736. Garden plots are free of charge and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Published on April 7, 2012