I was recently bragging to a Kent Master Gardner about a great program that one of my former cities offered — they provided areas in a corner of a local park for citizens to use to plant their own gardens. It was great for people that lived in apartments and wanted the chance to play in the dirt. Anyways, after politely listening to my rambling, he leaned forward to whisper that Kent already had the same program. In case you were like me — that would be clueless — here’s a few of the details.
The Garden Club Of Kent has sponsored Community Gardens for over 30 years. Many years at the Church of the Brethren in Kent. Next they were moved to Kambruoffs Farm on Fairchild ave. in Kent and Beckwith Orchards in Franklin Township.
When Kambruoffs sold to developers the Community Gardens were moved to Morningstar Farm, just outside of Kent in Streetsboro. Lowell Orr and Bonnie Bailey Zuchniak designed a hayfield into a Community Garden that every plot can be reached by car. An irrigation well was dug and hydrants installed about every 50 feet.
There are 88 garden plots at Morningstar Farm and 20 at Beckwith Orchards bringing our total of rental space to 108. Each garden is plowed, disc, and rototilled, and then marked off into plots and given a number. There is abundant water at each location.
The limit of spaces for each family is 2, costing $15.00 each for the whole season. John Zuchniak is now spreading well composted horse manure on the Morningstar Gardens and will deep plow it under as the weather permits. The gardens will have a new Chairman this year in charge of renting the garden plots.
Watch for news of who to call to rent your plot for the 2007 season in the February Backyard Pest.