On behalf of Washington County Harvest of Hope Community Garden, I would like to thank Marietta College for including us as a partner in their annual Community Service Day. The Community Garden at Sixth and Hart streets provides individuals and families with the means to grow their own fresh vegetables in a community setting. Gardeners also share their harvest with the local food bank and a "donations-only" mini market serving the local neighborhood.
On Saturday, March 23, 15 college students from communities across the country spent their day making our community a better place. Despite the chilly morning, they came with smiles and a will to work. By the time the last student returned to campus, thirty gardens were ready for spring, fences were repaired, and our tool shed had a new coat of paint.
Many thanks to Nick Bradey, Anissa Hiralall, Ian Stanley, Nick Iddings, Katie Turner, Meredith Schuver, Danielle Snyder, Svetlana Mocas, Kristin Berry, Misty Hussing, Kaitlin Parce, Ben Daniell, and Rongfang Xu. Special thanks to CSD Leaders, Patrick Tegge and Olivia Starkey for not only keeping their teams motivated, but also pitching in wherever needed.
Bringing even more "community" to Community Service Day was a hardworking troop of local volunteers, many of whom give often and generously of their time and expertise. Kudos to Dick Boulton, Charles Snyder, George Banziger, Sharon Gegner, Donis and Bob Yoder, Steve Spilatro, and Kelly Meaux and her Girl Scouts.
Much of what was accomplished that day could not have happened without the generous support of Al Lang and Greenleaf Landscapes, a partner in the establishment of the community garden.
Finally, demonstrating what the community garden is all about, our gardeners turned out in force to work with the volunteers and to help each other prepare their gardens for another season of fresh, ripe vegetables.
Thank you all for helping to make Marietta a great place to call home.
Cindy Brown, coordinator
Washington County Harvest of Hope Community Garden