MOUNT VERNON — The Community Garden project in Mount Vernon offers free garden allotments for area residents to grow their own produce and to provide fresh organic produce to local food pantries. Plot sizes average 5-by-20-feet. The community garden program has served local gardeners and food pantries for the past eight years.

Community gardens are a great way to expand access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Gardening is also a great way to enjoy the outdoors, grow your own produce and increase your lifestyle activity. The community gardens offer families and individuals the opportunity to produce healthy organic produce and provide a place for gardeners to share knowledge and skills. Gardeners can also save money on food bills. One project estimated that community gardeners save between $75 to $380 in food costs each season.

Mount Vernon is home to three Community Garden sites. The garden sties are free and open to anyone who is interested in learning about growing organic fresh produce. Applications are available for all three garden sites at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Mount Vernon, 200 N. Main St., at 740-393-1736 or by contacting garden site coordinators.

The site coordinators for First Church of the Nazarene at 800 Coshocton Ave. are Tanner and Brianna Cooper-Risser. They can be reached at 717-658-0324 or First Church Community Garden is planning an orientation on Wednesday, May 10, at 7 p.m.

Steve Conrad, site coordinator for Faith Lutheran Church, 170 Mansfield Ave., can be reached at or 740-397-5701. Faith Community’s garden orientation is planned for Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m.

Pat Tuttle and Sue Siegel, site coordinators for Arch Park Community Garden, Arch Avenue, on the west side of Mount Vernon, have a rolling orientation. They can be reached at 740-397-2604 or The Arch Park garden plans to open by April 29.



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