The Turner Farm Community Garden Program

The Turner Farm Community Garden Program is committed to connecting people to their food through new collaborative methods and innovative urban land use with an emphasis on sustainable biological agricultural practices, experiential learning and civic engagement.

At present the Turner Farm Community Garden Program continues its pilot garden in the East End and during the summer of 2011 developed the Winton Terrace Community Garden.  In addition we are partnering with the Franciscan Community Garden on garden training for Bhutanese refugees and neighborhood gardeners.  We are currently researching community interest, need and existing garden programs in other neighborhoods with the goal of identifying and reaching out to residents, potential organizations and diverse populations with whom to collaborate.  The purpose of the research is to avoid duplication of existing services and most importantly to better understand and identify neighborhoods with an interest in community-based gardening.

Modern life can often get in the way of maintaining a home or community garden; something that requires attention and regular care.  If someone has never picked up a trowel or planted a seed, well, to imagine growing a vegetable garden for one’s family can seem overwhelming.  We want to change that and make raising one’s own healthy food a joyful and regular part of people’s lives.

To inspire and sustain a lifetime of gardening our hands-on approach to home and community vegetable garden training is supported by classes to provide a foundation of knowledge and place-based gardening education using the garden as a “living textbook” with an emphasis on experiential learning.  Through conscious planning and cultivation the garden serves as a model for illustrating gardening best practices.  Agricultural instruction is integrated into the daily cycle of work at the garden as specialized classes are offered throughout the growing season.  Topics include basic instruction in natural vegetable gardening, seasonal growing practices, managing pests, when and how to harvest, and preserve your harvest.

The Turner Farm Community Garden Program is open to anyone who would like to participate! Participants have opportunities to work in the garden to share its bounty and to earn their own personal cedar raised garden bed through the Learn-Grow-Earn Program.

Would you like a raised garden bed for your home? The Turner Farm Community Garden Program’s Learn-Grow-Earn program is open to anyone interested in growing vegetables at home.  Participants take part in five gardening classes and complete 30 hours of volunteer work in a community garden to earn their own raised cedar garden bed.  After attending classes and meeting the volunteer requirement Turner Farm provides, at no charge, the resources to build a 4×8 foot cedar raised garden bed where you live.

For more information on the Turner Farm Community Garden Program contact:

Peter Huttinger
Director, Community Garden Program
mobile: 513-328-0100

Vegetable Gardening Basics for the Home & Community Gardener

A Series of Five Classes offered by the Turner Farm Community Garden Program and hosted by the Price Hill Recreation Center.

Classes are FREE with advance registration

Beginning Tuesday, February 7 the Turner Farm Community Garden Program will offer a series of five free gardening classes for home and community gardeners.  During the five sessions we will work and learn garden basics together in the classroom and the Price Hill Recreation Center Peoples Garden.  Class topics will include growing fruits and vegetables naturally, sowing seeds and potatoes, seasonal growing practices, managing pests, when and how to harvest as well as store your garden bounty.

Tuesday, February 7, 7 – 8:30pm

Location:
Price Hill Recreation Center
959 Hawthorne Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45205

Tuesday, February 21, 7 – 8:30pm

Location:
Price Hill Recreation Center
959 Hawthorne Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45205

Tuesday, March 7, 7 – 8:30pm

Location:
Price Hill Recreation Center
959 Hawthorne Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45205

Saturday, May 20, 10am – 1pm

Location:
Price Hill Recreation Center
959 Hawthorne Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45205

Saturday, June 10, 10am – 1pm

Location:
Price Hill Recreation Center
959 Hawthorne Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45205

Would you like a Garden Bed for Your Home?

Learn-Grow-Earn Program

Participation in the Learn-Grow-Earn Program is an option for gardeners who would like to earn a garden bed for their home in exchange for participating in the garden classes, practicum and volunteer work.  Turner Farm provides, at no charge, the resources to build a raised 4×8 foot cedar garden bed.

The requirements to receive a home garden bed are attending the classes and thirty (30) hours of participation in the practicum garden training, volunteer work in a community garden and helping to build beds for others.

For more information, contact Peter Huttinger at peter@turnerfarm.org