Our Gardening For Health community garden recently surpassed the 1,000-pound mark in donated fresh produce and finished strong with its last harvest of the season.
With 101 pounds of produce during the final week of harvest, our community gardeners donated a total of 1,253.5 pounds to the Park Layne Food Pantry during this year’s growing season. Tomatoes were by far the bumper crop, with 789 pounds donated. Other crops and their final totals were: peppers (139 lbs.), potatoes (82 lbs.), green beans (76 lbs.), zucchini (72 lbs.), cucumbers (27 lbs.), squash (25 lbs.), eggplants (20 lbs.), onions (13.5 lbs.), okra (5 lbs.), tomatillos (4 lbs.) and carrots (1 lb.).
“It has been a great experience, and I think that we have done some good for the community,” said Gardening For Health Director, Jim Tipton. “I can only hope that next year everyone comes back again because this is the best group that I know. It is amazing what a small group of people can do for their community when they care about it this much.”
Of course, a community garden cannot be a success without the generous help of the community. We would like to thank the following for their support of this year’s community garden: Peter and Cindy Scarff; United Way of Clark, Champaign & Madison Counties; Gateway Business Group; New Carlisle Rotary Club; Clark County Combined Health District; OSU Extension-Clark County and all their master gardeners; Clark County Solid Waste District; The Plastic Lumber Store; Terry Fredrich of Jefferson Street Oasis Garden; and Denise Wetzel of Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church.