The People's Garden: A Free Choice Garden

Our on-site community garden is a space where everyone in our community can work together to grow fresh food. With raised beds, a hoop house, rain barrel and composting sites, the garden is a place for planting, learning, sharing and harvesting. With a Garden Coordinator and many committed volunteers, we grow a wide variety of vegetables, lettuces and herbs while providing education and growth for our community.

A Free Choice garden

A free choice garden means that anyone and everyone in our community can work and harvest if they would like food. We ask that if you take produce, please come in to have it weighed for tracking purposes. This helps us understand how much the garden is producing; for example, 10 pounds of tomatoes or 2 pounds of carrots.

What we Grow

This year, we are growing carrots, tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, green beans, sugar snap peas, cabbage, rhubarb, cucumbers, salad greens, broccoli, squash, melons, chard, corn, several kinds of berries and a variety of herbs. 

Hoophouse

Our hoophouse allows us to extend the growing season. This fall, we will be growing cold-season crops such greens, carrots, onions, spinach and Swiss chard. 

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Dehydrator

With our dehydrator, we can dry fruits and vegetables. This is a good alternative when we have a lot of produce; it creates a longer shelf-life and provides nutritious food for distribution. 

Sustainable Practices

We use sustainable practices such as hand weeding instead of spraying, using soap spray instead of pesticides, and co-crop planting to maximize the space. We have a composting system in place and use water from our rain barrel. Occasionally, we partner with our furry friends for weeding.

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Vertical Herb garden

We have built pyramid herb planters to grow herbs from different regions of the world that are available as part of the free choice garden.

Contact

For more information about the garden or to volunteer, please contact Rosa Gadsden, Garden Coordinator: rosa@oberlincommunityservices.org.