German Village Gazette

Earth Day events

Community garden volunteers sought for April 19

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Kossuth Street Garden founder and director Michael Doody takes a break at the garden Thursday, April 10. An Earth Day celebration event Saturday, April 19, at the garden will include gardening tips and fresh fruit and vegetables.

The founder of a neighborhood garden in the German Village area is recruiting volunteers for an Earth Day event, slated for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

Kossuth Street Garden tenders need help weeding, planting and cleaning up the plot of land, which has been serving the community since 2007, said Michael Doody founder and director.

Materials will be supplied, but people are being asked to bring rakes, shovels, gloves and other gardening necessities, Doody said.

People are encouraged to register online at earthdaycolumbus.org.

Doody said fresh fruits and vegetables will be handed out the day of the event.

And local experts will be on-hand to offer gardening tips.

Kossuth Street Garden takes over an entire house lot at 641 E. Kossuth St., located in the Southern Orchards neighborhood just east of German Village.

Doody said the garden is open to anyone and those who would like to plant this season can request a plot at the Earth Day event.

After the clean up, volunteers will be asked to knock on doors and spread the word about Kossuth Street Garden.

In August, organizers throw a party called Fiddler's on the Green, where the bounty from the garden is shared with the community, people are taught how to properly harvest and community issues are discussed.

"We're trying to change the cultural dynamic of a neighborhood that for a long time relied on fast food and a microwave," Doody said.

Meanwhile, there are two cleanup activities planned for nearby Ganther's Place.

The first, slated for 11 a.m. Sunday, April 20, will include work on the neighborhood's newest pocket park, 642 Siebert St.

The other, scheduled for 11 a.m. April 26, will include flower box maintenance, tree-planting, spring cleaning at various parks and neighborhood outreach. People are asked to meet at 562 Reinhard Ave.

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