Beginning today, applications are being accepted for the Community Gardens of Hancock County. Plots will be available at the Family Center, 1800 N. Blanchard St.
This is the fourth year the plots have been offered. There will be more than 50 available in 10-feet by 10-feet and 10-feet by 40-feet sections.
Habitat for Humanity of Findlay and Hancock County, in collaboration with Community Gardens of Hancock County, is also making available a vacant lot to develop an additional 10 plots on the south end of Findlay.
Low- to moderate-income families are especially encouraged to apply, but the gardens are open to anyone. Agencies, organizations, churches or youth groups that want to grow a plot and donate at least a portion of the produce to those serving food insecure families may apply as well.
Applications will be accepted through Feb. 14. Plots will initially be assigned to low- to moderate-income families on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Community Gardens of Hancock County, in collaboration with Blanchard Valley Industries, will host a class called “Starting Your Vegetable Garden “” Propagation Techniques” in the greenhouse at Blanchard Valley Industries for those assigned a garden plot. The class will be offered in mid-February, with dates and times to be announced.
Garden applications can be filled out online at http://liveunitedhancockcounty.org. Applications are also available at the Ohio State Extension, 7868 County Road 140; the Family Center, Christian Clearing House and Associated Charities, all located at 1800 N. Blanchard St.; Job and Family Services, 7814 County Road 140; Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main St.; the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway; and United Way of Hancock County, 245 Stanford Parkway.
The Community Gardens of Hancock County began as a collaborative effort of the United Way of Hancock County, the Mentor Initiative, Hancock County Sustainability Coalition, Ohio State University Extension, Hancock County Master Gardener volunteers and the Community Foundation. It is now under the management of the Halt Hunger Initiative and is working toward its goal to educate and equip individuals and families to be food secure.
For more information, contact United Way of Hancock County at 419-423-1432 or email Heather Heilman, grants/program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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