By Jenna Taylor
With spring near, the Livingston Community Garden has opened its enrollment to the public for this year’s gardening season.
The Ohio Provider Resource Association award winning community garden features 47 gardening plots measuring 10 x 20 feet that are available for an annual fee of $30 for residents of the Reynoldsburg community and $40 for non-residents. Gardeners are welcome to tend to their crops beginning April 1 through the end of October from dawn to dusk daily.
The Livingston Community Garden, located behind Civic Park and the Truro Township Fire Department, allows gardeners to plant a variety of fruits, vegetables, and most flowers, shrubs, and herbs. Available plots are chosen through lottery during early spring and gardeners are responsible for the upkeep, gardening tools, and maintenance of their plot throughout the season.
Volunteer opportunities are available to those who are interested. Positions range from garden historians, who keep journals of garden activities, grounds crew positions, who help to maintain the garden’s common areas and horticulture advisors, who mentor novice gardeners. There are also committee positions for those interested in management positions.
Founded in 2010, the community garden was intended to foster the community as a whole. Not only does the garden contribute to the environment of Reynoldsburg by reducing fossil fuels and increasing bio-diversity, it donates excess produce to the Reynoldsburg Helping Hands Food Bank every season. The garden began as an idea from the community.
“The garden is a great example of having an idea and allowing to that idea to develop. One of the really neat things about our profession here in Parks and Recreation is just that; we are able to build community through service to others,” said Michelle Brennan, administrative assistant of the city of Reynoldsburg.
The Livingston Community Garden has held horticulture workshops, tours and promoted community clean-ups. Members are also encouraged to take part in the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival in which several awards were given for contest ranging from the‘biggest tomato to the best tomato dessert award.
For information contact the Reynoldsburg Park and Recreation Department at (614) 322-6806. An application can also be downloaded from the Reynoldsburg Parks & Recreation website at www.ci.reynoldsburg.oh.us.