North Ridgeville Community Garden Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Growing Season
The North Ridgeville Community Garden is starting its seventh season as a community project in partnership with the City of North Ridgeville. Applications are now being accepted to participate in the 2017 growing season for the North Ridgeville Community Garden. Application deadline is April 30th and garden plots will be assigned by May 15th.
The garden is located along Chestnut Ridge Road across from where exit 3 comes off route 10 and enters Chestnut Ridge Road. The total garden area covers about 2 acres. There are over 100 plots within the total area plus a large area marked off for North Ridgeville Community Care to grow crops. Any North Ridgeville resident can participate in the project by growing crops on plots of 20 feet by 15 feet. The land is plowed and disced by a local farmer in the spring. The plots are then measured and marked off by volunteer gardeners. Weather permitting the plots are usually ready for planting by Memorial Day.
Free water is supplied to the plot via an extensive system of hoses that are connected to a main water source. A large tiller and a variety of garden tools are available to maintain the plots. The plots can be fenced (although we prefer they not be) or left open at the discretion of each gardener. The fee for each initial garden plot is $20 and there is a $20 fee for an additional garden plot if available (we try to make the plots adjacent if you take two). These funds pay for various maintenance and garden upkeep costs. The community garden is a non‐profit operation.
The soil is very fertile and favorable for planting. It was formerly planted by the farmer who prepares the land for planting in the spring and who plants soybeans in the acreage behind the community garden. Each gardener plants and cares for their own plot. Any excess produce is donated to North Ridgeville Community Care.
Anyone interested in joining the group should complete the application available on the city’s website at www.nridgeville.org and return with payment (only checks will be accepted) to the attention of Dick Russell at Pioneer Ridge Prairie Lodge, 9479 Saw Mill Trace, North Ridgeville, OH 44039 or you may drop off your application and payment to the Mayor’s Office, City Hall, 7307 Avon Belden Road, North Ridgeville, OH 44039. The applications will be picked up and processed by community garden personnel. If you have any questions or would like the application e-mailed to you please contact Dick Russell, North Ridgeville Community Garden, at [email protected].