Fairview Park Community Garden is Growing

The Fairview Park Community Garden has grown to 68 garden plots! 

In 2008, a resident approached the City of Fairview Park expressing interest in starting a community garden because her own property was not conducive to gardening. Many Fairview Park residents had similar issues of small lot sizes, damage from deer, and poor growing conditions like shade and wet backyards that are impediments to gardening on their own property.  Later that year, the Fairview Park Community Garden was established on Maple Drive between West 227 and 229 Streets on a piece of excess land remaining from the construction of I-480. 

When the Fairview Park Community Garden first opened, there were 15 garden plots. With assistance from local volunteers and Eagle Scouts, and with contributions of supplies from the City of Fairview Park, Home Depot, and Cox Communications, the Community Garden has grown steadily year after year. Today, the Community Garden occupies almost a ½ acre of growing space with 68 garden plots. In addition to the garden plots, the garden site has a small fruits, herbs, and perennial vegetables area and a fledgling orchard. 

Because of our garden expansion, there are garden plots available for the first time in several years! Fairview Park residents can get a garden plot for a $25 annual fee. Most gardeners produce fresh organic food, but the garden is also a great way to get some exercise and help beautify and feed our community. Each year the community garden donates produce to the Fairview Park Hunger Center to help other area families get access to some fresh produce. If you are interested in knowing more about the community garden, check out the Fairview Park website at http://www.fairviewpark.org/community-garden/.

The success of the Fairview Park Community Garden has been possible with the hard work of a dedicated group of gardeners and support from the City of Fairview Park, Eagle Scouts, Home Depot, and Cox Communications. Thank you for your support for the Fairview Park Community Garden—come grow with us!

Amy Brennan is a Fairview Park resident and Green Team Member, coordinator of Fairview Park Community Garden, & Lake Erie Conservation Director for The Nature Conservancy.

Amy Brennan

Amy Brennan is a Fairview Park resident and Green Team Member, coordinator of Fairview Park Community Garden, & Lake Erie Conservation Director for The Nature Conservancy. 

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015