Harvest of Hope manages five community garden sites in Washington County. Plots in the garden are available to community members free of charge. Gardeners agree to donate a portion of the produce they grow for Harvest of Hope to distribute to pantries and free meal programs.
The gardens serve several purposes. The vegetables meet a nutritional need for many of the families, both during the summer and throughout the year as many participants can or freeze the produce. Additionally, there is a sense of community pride that comes from the creativity and pleasure of tending an attractive garden in the middle of town.
Marietta Garden (Sixth and Hart Streets behind Food 4 Less)
Harmar Garden (Gilman Avenue)
Belpre Garden (Third and Maple Streets)
New Matamoras Garden (behind the old elementary school)
Sandhill United Methodist Church Garden (Reno)
Noble County Correctional Institute Partnership
HOH has partnered for several years with the horticultural classes at the Noble County Correctional Institute in Caldwell taught by Jim Hoskins. The class raises tomato and pepper plants in their greenhouse and donates them to Harvest of Hope. HoH staff members are well received when they visit the facility. This collaboration is an exciting piece of our program.
Lowe’s Heroes Program
Our garden program gets quite a boost from Lowe’s Heroes Program when their team of employees works in our gardens building raised beds! These beds assist gardeners who find it difficult to plant at the ground level. Thanks, Lowe’s!
Mini Markets at the Garden
During the growing season, weekly mini-markets are held on Wednesday mornings at the Hart Street garden. The gardeners offer a portion of their produce back to their local community for free or for a free-will donation. Come see the gardens and pick up some fresh produce.