Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Grow Food Grow Hope Invades Cincinnati

Wilmington College’s Grow Food Grow Hope Program does more than just work in the Wilmington/Clinton County Area. 
     I have had the great pleasure of working with a fellow summer associate, Whitney Rymer, at gardens in Cincinnati. Whitney is in charge of the Temple Sholom garden, an artistically appealing plot set up in the shape of the Star of David. The Temple Sholom Garden is a unique garden, growing holiday specific plants in the corners of the stars, incorporating their faith into it. Chris Kraus, Director of Lifelong Learning, ours and Temple Sholom’s liaison has been an absolute joy to work with, and we look forward to continuing our efforts with him and helping to promote self-sustainability.
     We also have been helping with a garden for the new St. John Baptist church in Cincinnati. They’re just starting, but with some help from William Shoecraft, New St. John Baptist Member and Wilmington College Trustee, we are hoping to get it off the ground and running smoothly. Our visit last week included cleaning out some old beds, which included finding a giant spider and a small snake. A volunteer named Edna was wonderful and came out to help us. We can’t wait to get their garden ready to go!

Josh York, 2013 Summer Associate

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