Owens Announces Plans For Community Garden

Posted May 19th, 2011 by Brad Meyer  Category: Community Interest


PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Carrots, lettuce, tomatoes and apples along with many other fruits and vegetables will soon be sprouting up on the Owens Community College Toledo-area Campus as the academic institution announces plans for a new Community Garden.

The new Community Garden will be located at the convergence of D Street and 3rd Street, which is south of the College’s Welding Design Center on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.

“Owens Community College’s new Community Garden is designed to create collaborative learning opportunities for students as well as faculty and staff in various academic departments and disciplines,” said Krista Kiessling, Owens Adjunct Instructor in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Coordinator of the Community Garden. “The experiential and service learning possibilities for the new Community Garden are endless. Participants will be able to cultivate interests and educational initiatives that could include therapeutic gardening, organic food production, urban gardening sustainability and community gardening or food production, among many others.”

Kiessling added, “Community gardening is growing extremely popular within this region and Owens Community College is excited to play an important role in educating our students as well as the surrounding communities about its many benefits, such as exercise, social interaction, a nutritious food source, hands-on education and resource conservation.”

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 23, Owens representatives will be preparing the soil and planting the first vegetables within the College’s new Community Garden. Work is expected to conclude at 2:30 p.m.

Owens’ new experiential learning classroom will feature six four feet by eight feet raised planters for herbs, tomatoes, peppers and specialty crops and two expansive beds, which will house cucumbers, squash and melons for growing purposes. An apple tree, two high bush blueberries and a compost area will also be included within the new Community Garden. The preliminary design was created by the Owens faculty members Chris Foley and Matt Ross within the College’s Landscape and Turfgrass Management Program.

According to Kiessling, the new Community Garden will be attended and cultivated by Owens’ students and employees and produce will be utilized by such organizations as the College’s Terrace View Café and AVI Foodsystems.

“There is also the possibility of creating an on-campus farmer’s market to sell the produce as a Community Garden fundraiser,” she explained.

For those individuals and/or community organizations interested in participating in the new Community Garden project, call (419) 344-5768.

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