The Nelsonville Community Garden plots are growing!
Our grand re-opening ceremony on April 8 was a ton of fun and brought together community members, partner organizations like the Athens Health Department, COMCorps (an Athens AmeriCorps program), the Tri-County Career Center, and CFI staff and board members for an evening celebrating months of hard work. A brief downpour gave us excellent opportunity to test out the new shed (it’s waterproof!), and the event was even published in local media! We also took advantage of the community gathering to give away seeds as part of our annual seed giveaway.
Throughout this project we’ve really enjoyed working with various members of the Athens Creating Healthy Communities Coalition. With help from a CHC grant we were able to purchase beautiful, new tools for the Nelsonville Community Garden as well as put up our final wall of the fence. The Athens County Health Department, who facilitates the grant, also worked with Nelsonville accessibility group Sech-Kar to test out the accessibility of the garden. We are so fortunate to have the continued support of these organizations, and cannot wait to see what else we can accomplish!
We also owe enormous thanks to the awesomeTri-County Career Center Carpentry program! They refurbished a shed and built our two accessible garden beds. Their contribution has made such a difference in getting this garden together and we could not be more grateful.
Now, thanks to your support and to community collaborations, the plots are ready to grow some amazing food! We've been digging in the dirt together and tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, and kale are in some plots already. A million thanks for helping us make this project happen, and for ensuring that it’s sustainable.