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Final plans for community garden and seminar presented

Jan. 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Plans are moving along for a community garden to be ready in time for spring planting.

The garden, which will be located at the corner of 7th and Adams Street, will be open for Ironton residents who want to raise flowers and vegetables, but who don't have a usable yard of their own or just want additional space beyond what they have available in their own yard.

Final plans for completion of the garden were presented at the Tuesday, Jan. 22, meeting of Ironton in Bloom, Inc. The plans were presented by Diva Justice, director of Healthy Community Initiatives at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, according to a news release from Ironton in Bloom.

Construction will begin in February and be completed by spring. A total of 24, 4-by-8-foot individual raised beds will be available for a rental of $20 each per growing season, with a sliding scale plot fee if needed. The plots will be handicap accessible.

Detailed information and applications will be available at a Community Gardens Seminar at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Riffe Center Rotunda at Ohio University Southern, Ironton.

Special speaker will be Melissa Stewart, a South Point resident who has completed several degrees in horticulture and environmental science and is currently serving as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Specialist at West Virginia State University Extension Service. Her presentation will cover what a community garden is and the benefits it affords to both the participants and the community. Topics will also include general growing practices for both vegetables and flowers, information that will be of interest to anyone with a home garden of any size.

All local residents are invited and admission is free.

The Ironton Port Authority, Ironton Lawrence County Community Action Organization, and Ironton in Bloom are lending their support to Bellefonte's garden project. The February seminar is made possible by a partnership among Appalachian Ohio Weed Control Partnership, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio University Southern, and Ironton in Bloom.

Contact Diva Justice at 606-833-3106 or Diva_Justice@bshsi.org, or Carol Allen at 740-532-4495.