Toledo GROWs is a community gardening outreach program. It is a grassroots, non-profit program run by the Toledo Botanical Garden. The goal of the GROWs program is to offer organizational resources and technical assistance to develop and support sustainable garden projects. Currently, the scope of their movement is focused on northwest Ohio, where nearly 50 community gardens are thriving.
The Toledo Blade recently ran a story about one of the GROWs gardens, the Mercy Garden at Ten Eyck. Located just west of downtown, the Mercy Garden is almost ten years old. It got its beginnings as a small patch of land and has grown larger each year. It is tended by residents of the 11-story Ten Eyck Tower, as well as gardeners who come from the Youth Treatment Center, Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime, and the downtown area. Gardeners pay $5 to use the garden.
Each season, the garden produces hundreds of pounds of vegetables. The garden has an annual budget of approximately $100,000, which pays for seeds, plants, tools, soil preparation, education, summer camps and job training, as well as one employee.
To read the full Toledo Blade article, please open our .pdf document. Toledo GROWs / Toledo Blade story
To read more about the Toledo GROWs program and the Toledo Botanical Gardens, please follow this link: http://www.toledogarden.org/content/toledogrows/default.aspx .
Created: 2008-04-28, Updated: 2008-04-28