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Conservatory lauds Otterbein community garden

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Flanked by CJ Brice (left) and Bill Dawson of the Franklin Park Conservatory, Mel Hanran, Leslie Cavin and Sean Brewster of the Otterbein Community Garden are recognized with their Educational Garden of the Year award.
Friday October 4, 2013 8:52 PM

Otterbein University's community garden has been recognized by the Franklin Park Conservatory as the Educational Garden of the Year.

The recognition came Sept. 11 as part of the conservatory's 12th annual Growing to Green Awards, which brought together 200 local community gardeners.

The award recognizes Otterbein as best at using its community garden for educational purposes. The award came with a $500 grant.

The Otterbein Community Garden, 390 N. Spring Road, has just sewed up its fourth season.

The garden is used to education Otterbein students and engage them in philanthropy. The university also allows local groups to take out plots in the garden, with the agreement that a portion of the produce grown in the garden will be donated to a local food bank.

The garden also is used by groups from nearby Westerville City schools, and Otterbein donates much of the produce grown there to the Westerville Area Resource Ministry.