by Cindy Pantea
Today and tomorrow, with the help of Keep Akron Beautiful’s Community Pride Trailer, PRO-MIX® growing mixes, and Canton Road Garden Center, wonderful Akron volunteers such as firefighters, Girl Scouts, church youth groups and high school students, will turn an Akron neighborhood vacant lot into a food forest.
What is a food forest?
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 which have yields directly useful to humans.
With the creation of this food forest in Akron, called “The New Glendale Garden,” 20 families will have access to fresh grown food and learn how to live sustainable lives.
In addition, a designated spot called “grow a row for the hungry” will be used to grow produce that will be donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank.
The New Glendale Garden
The New Glendale Garden is currently a vacant lot near the Glendale steps. An interesting fact is that this area was an unfinished WPA project from the depression era.
In The New Glendale Garden will be a designated spot called “grow a row for the hungry.” Whatever food is yielded in this area will be donated to the Akron Regional Food Bank.
New Glendale Garden Volunteer Schedule
On May 10, the Keep Akron Beautiful Trailer is scheduled to arrive at The New Glendale Garden at 3:30 p.m. Subsequently, at 5 p.m., a $4000 donation of growing mixes from PRO-MIX arrives for volunteers to unload. Then, on May 11, tilling the soil begins.
If you would like to help with this garden feel free to join in by showing up at the vacant lot next to S. Walnut Street Akron, OH 44303 or contact 330-338-0011.
Much of this information from taken from Pro Mix Release for Akron. Thank you Leah Haugh from Garden Media Group for passing along this information. Keep Akron Beautiful is proud to be named along with PRO-MIX, Canton Road Garden Center, and the amazing volunteers on such a worthwhile project.