Growing, cooking, and preserving summer produce is one of the many rewards of gardening. Sabrina Schirtzinger, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator of Knox County, shared the details of this great community project that MGVs have coordinated for the past two years.
Thanks to a visionary founder and many dedicated volunteers, Lily Fest was a hit once again this July as the annual festival attracted 5,000 visitors to Hocking County to see 70 artists, 12 musical acts and the three acres of gardens featuring lilies.
Master Gardeners of Hamilton County recently joined with students of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati to revitalize The Children’s Home’s lot at Spring Grove Cemetery. The Children’s Home acquired Lot 73 – Section 29 in 1866 for children who passed away while in their care and custody, laying to rest a total of 210 children until 1964.
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.