May 4, 2010 -- During a pause in the rain on Saturday, April 24, a dozen
volunteers broke ground for the People’s Garden at Oberlin Community
Services (OCS). An effort to provide the entire Oberlin community with
fresh vegetables, the People’s Garden is open to all Oberlin residents.
According to Linda Arbogast, executive director of OCS, “The People’s Garden idea came about through a conversation about how to give anyone who needs the produce access to the garden and also to encourage ownership by the people who use the produce. The idea is that there will be a sign stating that the produce is for anyone who needs it and, if you have time, please spend some time in the garden while you are here.”
The community garden will consist of three main areas: a circle garden containing carrots, collards, zucchini, beets, cucumbers, beans, and squash; a greens garden with lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, and chard; and a kitchen garden with herbs, garlic, peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes.