They’re called the Green Machine Gardeners, and the clever name aptly fits these hard-working developmentally disabled adults that team with Fairfield County MGVs to produce a bounty of produce and learn valuable job skills at a 6,500 square foot vegetable garden at the Fairfiled County Board of Developmental Disabilities Opportunity Center.
Like many local farmers' markets, the Circleville Farmer’s Market is a welcomed seasonal event tucked into a downtown municipal parking lot with a bounty of fresh produce awaiting an eager public. For the past five years, this has been an ongoing venue for the Pickaway County Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV) to serve the community.
Connecting youth with the source of the food that they eat isn’t just a good idea in Ohio’s cities and towns, it also pays big dividends in rural areas, such as Jefferson and Harrison counties near the Pennsylvania-Ohio border. Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV) partnered with the local schools and helped students gain an appreciation for gardening.
Hardin County MGVs recently hosted a “Birds, Bees, Bugs, Bats and Stars” Children’s Day in efforts to recruit more young gardeners. The third annual event was hosted on Saturday, June 13 at the MGVs’ demonstration garden -- The Friendship Gardens of Hardin County in Kenton -- and supported by grants from the Hardin County Community Foundation.
While pollinator gardens are creating a big buzz with the national launch of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, Ohio Master Gardener Volunteers have been planting, caring for and teaching about such pollinator gardens for years.