Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Urban Homesteading Lecture at FPC

The Franklin Park Conservatory Presents

Urban Homesteading
Presentations and panel discussion.

2 - 3 P.M.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Community Garden Campus
AEP Foundation Education Pavilion

Learn from a panel of local residents how they transformed
their homes into areas of urban agriculture.

1777 East Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43203
further info: 645.5863

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Community garden grant due soon!


ScottsMiracle-Gro program enters its eighth year of funding support for community gardens
COLUMBUS, Ohio (September 21, 2009)—The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and The Columbus Foundation today announce grant opportunities available through The Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Academy for neighborhoods developing and maintaining community gardens in Franklin County. Grants of up to $4,000 are available for qualified projects in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Contributions will be made in part by in-kind gifts from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company established The Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Academy in 2002 through The Columbus Foundation to support a variety of community garden projects in central Ohio. The Academy promotes a “brown to green” concept that creates an oasis and communal gathering place for neighborhoods. “The community gardening movement continues to grow across the United States, enhancing our environment, and uniting communities,” said Rich Shank, chief environmental officer, ScottsMiracle-Gro. “ScottsMiracle-Gro is proud to support the creation of community gardens throughout central Ohio.” Applicants may request support for community gardens or nontraditional gardens, including farmers’ markets, school gardens, artistic gardens, and beautification efforts in the form of a garden. Funding is available to new and existing gardens; grants awarded may include in-kind support. Successful garden projects should involve neighborhood residents, demonstrate positive measurable outcomes, and meet stated objectives. Applicants are required to be a 501(c)(3) organization or have a fiscal agent to receive funds. Click to download the garden application or please visit, search keyword—Specialized Grants. Garden applications must be submitted electronically to by Friday, October 16, 2009, 11:59 p.m.
For additional grant information, visit our Grants Opportunities section at Questions, please contact Lisa Courtice at or 614/251-4000.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Soil Testing By OSU Student Extraordinaire

Check out this beautiful and informative website by OSU chemistry student, Tori Mason. She tested soil in the University Area community gardens for lead. She lists the results as well as important information regarding heavy metals and community gardens that everyone should read.

This work is a fantastic example of partnerships between community gardens and universities. Connections like this are waiting to be made!