Franciscan Community Garden

The Franciscan Community Garden, a program of the Centennial Barn, has provided gardening opportunities for the benefit of the community since 2009.  It is a large vibrant community garden with 70 plots averaging 20 x 20 feet.  In 2014 the garden donated 1,000 pounds of produce to a food pantry and senior citizens and since 2009 have donated over 10,000 pounds of produce to area social service agencies.

Franciscan Community Garden
100 Compton Rd.
Cincinnati, OH  45215

Neighborhoods:
Wyoming and Springfield Township

In 2015 the Turner Farm Community Garden Program began a partnership with the Franciscan Community Garden to provide gardening education programs and manage pedagogical demonstration plots. The demonstration plots are used for field studies as well as “living textbooks” for the on-site gardening classes.  In 2015 gardening classes were conducted as part of the Learn-Grow-Earn series and will continue during the 2016-growing season.

The Franciscan Community Garden has an active diverse population including over thirty Bhutanese refugee families sponsored by the United States and United Nations. Many of the Bhutanese come from agrarian communities and bring a rich agricultural and culinary heritage to the community garden.  During the spring the Turner Farm Community Garden Program offered a series of the Learn-Grow-Earn classes in collaboration with Heartfelt Tidbit’s “English as a Second Language and Citizenship Training” program and Catholic Social Services.  The classes were a lively exchange of gardening practices appropriate to the southwest Ohio environment and Bhutanese agricultural traditions.

Marci Peebles
Garden Coordinator, Centennial Barn, Franciscan Ministries

Jenny Tighe
Garden Liaison