Community Gardens

If you’d love to plant a garden, but don’t have the space at home and want more vegetables than a container garden can provide, think about reserving a plot in a community garden. We’ve listed three local community garden programs available in the Akron area. If your hometown is not listed, be sure to check with local officials on gardening opportunities available in your town or city.

Lake Township—Hartville Hardware
Hartville Hardware is hosting a Hartville Community Garden on land east of Kaufman Avenue and west of the Hartville Kitchen & Marketplace on 619. The land has been split into 300 10 x 10, plots and water will be made available at the site. Lake Township residents can sign up at the Hartville Hardware Store to reserve up to 2 plots.

City of Akron
The city of Akron is beginning Akron Grows, a community gardening program to promote and encourage urban gardening for Akron residents. In 2009, eight vacant city-owned lots will be converted into community gardens. The cost is $20 for a 20’ by 10’ plot and $30 for a 20’ by 20’ plot. The city will provide water and assist in soil preparation. Seeds,
educational materials, and classes will be provided. For more information, a complete list of garden sites or to download an application, visit www.ci.akron.oh.us or call Larry Parker of the Akron Cooperative at (234) 525-0543.

Stow Community Garden
Garden plots are available for Stow residents at the Stow Community Gardens on Stow Road, across from Silver Springs Lodge. The plots are 10’ x 20’ for youth at $5.00, 20’ x 20’ plots for adults at $15.00 and 20’ x 20’ plots free to seniors 62 years and older. Registration will occur Saturday, May 9th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Stow Parks and Recreation Department, 5070 Stow Road. For more information call 330-689-2756 or visit their website.

If you’d like to participate in a community garden plot in Akron, but want to share the experience with others in our church family, please contact Tamara Franke (thcveggie@gmail.com or 330-899-0431). If more than 1 person or family expresses interest, we can try to match up people to share a garden site.

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