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Community Gardens Applications Being Accepted

The Community Gardens of Hancock County is gearing up for its fourth year. This year the garden plot at The Family Center, 1800 N. Blanchard St. will have more than 50 plots available sectioned into both 10 foot by 20 foot and 10 foot by 40 foot plots. Habitat for Humanity of Findlay and Hancock County, in collaboration with Community Gardens of Hancock County, is making available a vacant lot to develop an additional 10 plots on the south end of Findlay.
 
Low- to moderate-income families are especially encouraged to apply, but the gardens are open to anyone. Agencies, organizations, churches or youth groups that want to grow a plot and donate at least a portion of the produce to those serving food insecure families may apply as well.
 
Applications will be accepted from January 29th through February 14th. Plots will initially be assigned to low- to moderate-income families on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
The Community Gardens of Hancock County, in collaboration with Blanchard Valley Industries (BVI), will also be hosting a class called “Starting Your Vegetable Garden – Propagation Techniques” in the BVI greenhouse for those assigned a garden plot. The class will be offered in mid-February. The dates and times of this class will be announced.
 
Applications can be filled out online at http://liveunitedhancockcounty.org . Applications 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.), Associated Charities (1800 N. Blanchard St.), Job and Family Services (7814 CR 140), Coffee Amici (328 S. Main St.) and the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library (206 Broadway St.) and United Way of Hancock County (245 Stanford Pkwy).
 
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 the 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