Gardening remains America’s number one pastime, and with the recent economic downturn many Americans are turning to vegetable gardening to supplement their own budgets and also as a way to share with their neighbors. Community Gardens offer space along with a shared community experience for people interested in “growing their own.” Below is an extensive list of gardens available in our area, some are free and some require a small fee, and /or sharing of the food.
Athens County - Community Food Initiatives operates the West Side Garden at the end of W. State St. in Athens, as well as the Hope Garden at Hope Drive Apartments. Membership and more information can be found on their website.
Community Food Initiatives
94 Columbus Rd.
Athens, Ohio 45701
Fairfield County - The city of Lancaster has established four public gardens which are part of a historic walking tour:
Fairfield County Courthouse Garden
210 E. Main St.
The Decorative Arts Center
145 E. Main St.
The Sherman House Gardens
137 E. Main St.
The Georgian Museum
105 E. Wheeling St.
For more information, contact the Fairfield County OSU Extension @ 740.653.5419
Hocking County (Logan) - The Logan community garden was organized by gardening group Logan in Bloom, in cooperation with the Logan city government, and is assisted by Master Gardener Sarolin Griggs. The garden is located on Radio Lane, across from Lee's Banquet Haus, adjacent to route 33.
The sign up for available plots is located at:
95 E. Main St
Logan, OH 43138
Muskingum County (Zanesville) - Ohio State University Muskingum County agriculture representative Mike Mechling reports that there may be a community garden in development in Zanesville. Anyone interested in assisting in the effort to establish a garden in Zanesville should contact:
Pickaway County (Circleville) - Ohio State University Pickaway county agriculture representative Mike Estadt also reports that there may be a garden in development in Circleville. Anyone interested in assisting in the effort to establish a garden in Circleville should contact:
Scioto County (Portsmouth) - At the Riverside Park in West Portsmouth, those interested can rent garden plots from the county commissioners. The Scioto county commissioner’s contact information is available at: http://www.sciotocountyohio.com/commis.htm
Washington County (Marietta) - Local non-profit Harvest of Hope operates the Harvest of Hope Garden, located at the intersection of S. Hart St. and S. Sixth St., behind the Food 4 Less. An additional community garden operated by Harvest of Hope is located in adjacent New Matamoras, and there are plans to start one in Harmar this year. For more information, contact: