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Applications Being Accepted for Community Gardens of Hancock County

Findlay, OH – The Community Garden of Hancock County is gearing up for its fifth year and applications are now being accepted. This year the garden plot at the Family Center, 1800 N. Blanchard St., will have more than 60 plots available sectioned into both 10-by-20 foot and 10-by-40 foot plots. Habitat for Humanity of Findlay and Hancock County, in collaboration with Community Gardens of Hancock County, is also making available a vacant lot to develop 10 plots on the south end of town.

The community gardens are open to anyone, however, low- to moderate-income families or those on assistance are especially encouraged to apply and will be given preference. Plots will be assigned on a first come, first-served basis. Agencies, organizations, churches or youth groups that want to grow a plot and donate at least a portion of the produce to organizations serving food insecure families may apply as well.

Applications can be filled out online at http://liveunitedhancockcounty.org . They are also available at the following locations: Ohio State Extension Office (7868 CR 140), The Family Center (1800 N. Blanchard St.), Christian Clearing House (1800 N. Blanchard St.), and Associated Charities (1800 N. Blanchard St.).

The Community Gardens of Hancock County began as a collaborative effort of the following groups: United Way of Hancock County, MENTOR Initiative, Hancock County Sustainability Coalition, Ohio State University Extension, Hancock County Master Gardener Volunteers, and The Community Foundation. It is now under the management of United Way’s Halt Hunger Initiative and is working toward its goal to educate and equip individuals and families to be food secure.

For more information, contact United Way of Hancock County at 419-423-1432 or email Heather Heilman, grants/program coordinator at heather.heilman@uwhancock.org