Thursday, March 18, 2010

Are you a Green Columbus work site?

I'm writing to you today on behalf of Green Columbus. I am the Worksite Coordinator for the Earth Day 2010 events and I want to pass along some highlights of our Community Garden Initiative in hopes that you'll be able to help me disseminate the information to all the Community Gardens around town!
Our website has lots of information about our festivities this year, and specifically, here is a link to our Community Garden Initiative page This year, Kurtz Brothers has agreed to be our sponsor and provide registered community gardens with free top soil and/or mulch! What a great deal for new and in need gardens!? They need to be a registered Earth Day 2010 worksite in order to reap the benefits, so would you be able to help us spread the word?

Missy Hintz
Worksite CoordinatorThe Update: Earth Day 2010
c: 614.354.9351

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

'Seeds that Grow Hope'

Greetings! Spring is upon us! This year we are celebrating 30 years of planting the Seed that Grow Hope!! Many of you have already sent in your applications for seeds and now that the snows have melted and we once again have access to our warehouse, we are working at a furious rate to catch up on getting your seeds shipped out. Please be patient with us! Applications started coming in early and fast this year and we have a hefty back log of requests to get on the UPS truck. We know how important timing is in the garden so volunteers are packing up and sending out your seeds as fast as possible.If you have not sent in your application yet, the 2010 form is now available on our website.We love to hear your stories and get pictures of your community in the garden so keep 'em coming!
Wishing you a blooming Spring and a bountiful harvest,
Katie Rehwaldt
'Seeds that Grow Hope'
Program Director
Operation Green Plant

Click Here to help us plant the 'Seeds that Grow Hope'

Kurtz Cares Program

*Kurtz Cares! Enroll your Non-Profit organization at Earn 10% proceeds back to the organization.

Kurtz Bros is a family owned business that has been in operation for over 65 years. The hard work and charitable values instituted by Mel Kurtz Sr. are still at the core of the business today. The Kurtz family strongly believes in giving back to the communities in which they operate.

We understand that in these difficult economic times it’s becoming harder to raise money for valuable programs that are essential for so many in our community. That is why Kurtz Bros is proud to introduce the Kurtz Cares program. This program will allow non profit entities such as; Religious, scholastic and athletic boosters, disease research and support foundations, veteran affairs, animal and environmental welfare organizations and juvenile development groups to earn funds for their cause with every dollar spent with Kurtz Bros.

The program is simple and free to join. An officer of an organization simply needs to fill out the online registration form. Once approved, the organization will be listed on our website. In addition, they will receive promotional materials to use in marketing the program to others. Organizations are encouraged to communicate the program details to their members, family and friends through conventional and contemporary social media outlets. The more people you reach, the more money you can raise. An organization will receive a 10% rebate for every retail material dollar spent at any of our locations. A customer simply needs to mention the organization they would like to support at the time of their purchase. Every 3 months Kurtz Bros. will total the sales for each participating organization and write them a check for 10% of the total retail material purchases.

At Kurtz Bros we recognize the value in giving back to the community. A strong community provides more opportunities and better quality of life for its residents. It’s for all these reasons and more that Kurtz Cares.

Jeff Stemler, our Director of Human Resources, is overseeing the program.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Looking for a Garden Plot this Season?

Gantz Road Community Garden

1972 Gantz Rd.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that the Gantz Road Community Garden is ready for its second growing season. The garden, located at 1972 Gantz Road on the southwest side of Columbus (near the intersection of Gantz and Frank Roads), is expected to open on Saturday, April 17th.

Plot request applications are being accepted through March 22. Approximately 60 plots will be available. Plot recipients will be determined by a lottery system and notified of plot assignment and size on April 1. The number of each plot size will be limited and requests will be assigned based on availability.

Plot sizes and fees are: Third (12’x10’) – $10; Half (18’x10’) – $20; Full (36’X10’) – $30

Garden fees include: plot(s) for the 2010 growing season (April 17 – October 31), on-site water for garden use & access during daylight hours

In order to request a plot, a completed Plot Request Form may be submitted electronically at, fax to (614) 462-5999, or mail to:

Franklin County Board of Commissioners
Attn: Garden Coordinator
373 S High Street-26th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Once gardeners are notified of their plot assignment, payment of plot fees and a signed Release of All Claims form must be received before their plot is confirmed.
Make checks payable to: Franklin County Sanitary Engineer. Some scholarships are available. Contact the Garden Coordinator via email at for more information.