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New community garden features ‘food forest’ technique

6/13/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON — The new Glendale Community Garden, formerly a vacant lot located near the Glendale Steps, opened May 9-11.

During the opening weekend, the Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) Community Pride trailer arrived, shown at far right with volunteers, and 200 bags of donated PRO-MIX growing mixes, worth $4,000, were dropped off by the Canton Road Garden Center.

More than 20 volunteers gathered to help unload the growing mixes and till it into the ground, shown above.

The goal of this community garden is to turn a vacant lot into a “food forest” that can feed people in the neighborhood who need help.

According to KAB, a food forest (similar to sustainable landscaping or gardening) is a technique that mimics the way things grow in nature by substituting trees with bushes, shrubs, herbs and vegetables that have yields directly useful to humans. With the creation of this food forest, 20 families will have access to fresh grown food and learn how to live sustainable lives, according to KAB officials.

“Since the PRO-MIX donation, the Girl Scouts prepped a berry patch, bricks were laid for a community herb spiral, a group squash and melon field was started and ornamental flowerbeds guarded the entrance,” said Tom Crain, one of the managers of the garden.

There also will be a designated garden spot called “grow a row for the hungry.” The produce will be donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

Volunteers will include firefighters, Girl Scouts, church youth groups, high school students and others.

To help with the garden, call 330-338-0011.

Photos courtesy of Garden Media Group

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