The Growing Barberton Project is an initiative started to help families get involved with gardening. The program aims to lower the bar for gardening by providing materials and education required to start, manage, and harvest fresh produce right at home or in their community.
Nearly 1 in 3 households in the United States grow some form of fruit or vegetables. Gardening in itself is a great way to get outside, maintain mental and physical health, and be rewarded for your efforts. Gardening provides fresh fruit and vegetables that can be canned or used as they are harvested.
Gardening at home is fun and rewarding. A great thing about it is that you don’t even need a traditional garden. Gardening in containers is extremely effective and allows families to the garden just about anywhere. The program will focus on traditional gardening and techniques but can be easily applied for container gardening as well.
Community Gardens are another focus with the Growing Barberton Project. Community Gardens are an excellent utilization of green space, provides a maintainable method of property upkeep, and improves the overall social well-being of the community. Community Gardens have been exploding in popularity over the past decade, and the excitement for them which is not lost here in Barberton, Ohio.
Once a Community Garden location and the program have been established, we will share the information and start holding classes on-site on how to garden.
How to Get Involved?
Getting involved is straightforward. Right now, the project is focusing on the idea of gardening at home. We are putting together an easy-to-follow guide for each step of starting, maintaining, and harvesting produce throughout the growing season.
Things you will need to follow along with the growing season:
- Starter Trays or Plastic Solo Cups
- Seeds of your choice
- Sufficient pots for potting
- A few Ziploc Bags and a roll of Paper towels
Scholarships are available for those that can not afford to start growing at home. The kits include starter 4 starter containers, seeds, and a tray while they last. Please email [email protected] for more information about our starter kits.
The program is accepting donations to help with providing materials and services for Barberton residents. If you are interested in donating material for gardens, please send an email to [email protected].