New Norwood Community Garden at Linden Pointe
HOW IT ALL CAME TOGETHER
Next, Mr. Tarbell contacted people and organizations he believed would support and help organize the project. Response was so strong that he hosted a meeting at his office this past Friday attended by Chris Dobrozsi and approximately 15 community gardening professionals and enthusiasts. Among the organizations/businesses represented were the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati (click here to see their Neighborhood Gardens website), Robin Wood Flowers on Dana Avenue, The Center for Closing the Health Gap in Greater Cincinnati, Norwood Service League, Urban Harvest, and Norwood Young Professionals/Keepin' it REAL Estate (Jami Stutzman). Oh, and Citizens for a Better Norwood’s roving reporter was also there.
HOW TO RESERVE A BED
With spring planting season just a few weeks away, the group agreed that this is the week, today through this Friday, May 1, to take reservations for the prepped garden beds. To reserve a bed, call Lupe Gonzalez Hoyt at Norwood Service League at 924-1200 before 3:00 p.m. this Friday if you can do just these three things:
1. Recruit 9 other highly motivated individuals to help with the bed. This can be any combination of friends and/or family, adults and children, any youth group, senior citizen group, church, civic, or business group, i.e., any group of 10 people who will faithfully tend the garden bed through the end of the season.
2. Provide your own seeds and plants, gardening tools, fertilizer and the like (Al Neyer, Inc. is providing the water).
3. Agree to donate a small portion (10% or more) of the produce from your garden to Norwood Service League for their food pantry.
This Friday, Jim Tarbell is hosting another meeting so the Norwood Community Garden supporters can review the number of reservations made this week and make plans accordingly. Roughly 100 Community Garden beds are available, so call Lupe at 924-1200 before 3:00 p.m. this Friday to make a reservation. We’ll report any new developments.
With the deadline only 5 days away, please email this blog to local friends, family members and/or groups you think might like to make a reservation. We all need to help get the word out FAST!
We want to thank Jim Tarbell for acting on his vision, Chris Dobrozsi for Al Neyer, Inc.'s generous donations, Lupe Gonzalez Hoyt for all she's doing to move this project along, and all the community-minded people at the meeting who are helping organize the Norwood Community Garden at Linden Pointe. This is absolutely fantastic, isn’t it?