More than ever, residents of Mahoning County’s urban areas are growing their own food, thanks in part to the efforts of the county’s MGVs. In 2012, the MGVs worked together with their new Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator Eric Barrett to pursue an urban gardening program to educate the general public about the possibilities of growing their own food.
“Kids liking kohlrabi -- I would have never expected that” said Al Frate, MGV coordinator for the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) Garden Program. “But last year they could not get enough of it. Everyone wanted more kohlrabi!” This is just one of many positive experiences gained through the award-winning youth gardening program in Painesville, Ohio.
For the past five years, the Clinton Co. MGVs have been working with Habitat for Humanity to accomplish their mission by building lasting landscapes, empowering recipient families and teaching them about their care.
It’s Saturday morning, and campers at Junior Master Gardener Day Camp are eager to check the raised beds to see how their plants are growing. Working alongside Butler County Master Gardener volunteers, the campers, ages 8 to 13, participate in a 10-week program that introduces them to the steps of vegetable gardening.