Community Gardens

Muskingum SWCD was awarded a $50,000 grant through the NACD’s Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Initiative in 2016. With this funding, the Urban Greens program was created. The Urban Greens program started with three community gardens in the Putnam Historic District in Zanesville, Ohio. The original mission of Urban Greens was to provide fresh produce and gardening opportunities to those in the area designated as a “food desert”. As the program grows, we are transitioning our mission to focus on “Growing with a Purpose”. With this initiative, we are connecting with food pantries in the county to grow to their specific needs.
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All beds are fully reserved for the 2022 season. Applications will open again for next year in March 2023.

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Brighton Grows

The Brighton Grows Garden is located on the corner of Cliffwood Avenue and Baker Street beside Coopermill Manor. The garden has around 5,240 sq. ft. of gardening space split between three large plots. This garden was not an original Urban Greens Garden and was inherited by the Urban Greens program in 2019. One of the three large plots at this garden is designated to growing for the Veterans Association. Not only is the produce given to the VA, but the veterans themselves often work in the garden as well.

Restoration Park

There are 32, 4 ft. x 8 ft. raised beds at Restoration Park on Muskingum Ave. Community members can reserve these beds for their own personal use, whether that be vegetables, herbs, or decorative flowers. The Dollar General Warehouse donates bags of soil that can be used in the beds, if needed, and there is a water spigot on site. MSWCD can also assist with supplying some seeds to those reserving beds. The beds are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis, and we have had a waiting list in the past, so sign up quickly when registration opens in Early March!

Zanesville Community High School Garden

The garden is located behind Zanesville Community High School on Moxahala Avenue. This garden started as an Urban Greens site that provided fresh produce to the Zanesville City Schools Summer Lunch Program. During the summer and fall of 2021, the site provided fresh produce for the Zanesville City School’s chef to use when preparing lunches for the district. The ZCS Vocational Agriculture Program, through the Mid-East Career Center, has taken advantage of this site and it now serves as an educational site for ZHS/ZMS students alongside providing fresh produce for Zanesville City Schools.

First United Methodist Church

This site consists of ten raised beds at the First United Methodist Church on Putnam Avenue. These beds were started through a partnership between Urban Greens and the First United Methodist Church to provide growing opportunities for the church and their homeless shelter. It is now run by the church and Urban Greens provides support as needed.

Growing With A Purpose

Urban Greens is starting to transition from simply growing produce and delivering it to a pantry to Growing with A Purpose. We are starting out with one partner for the 2022 growing season, the South Zanesville Food Pantry, to grow to their specific needs. The South Zanesville Food Pantry is one of 17 food pantries recognized by the Hunger Network in Muskingum County. Through discussions and surveys with their clientele, the South Zanesville Food Pantry is discovering what food is wanted by their community members. With this knowledge, we can focus on growing to the specific needs and wants of the community. We will slowly introduce new foods and teach community members how to prepare the food they may be unfamiliar with. Our ultimate goal is for these members to gain an understanding and appreciation of the food they are presented with, and eventually want to start growing for themselves in an urban setting.

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Internships

MSWCD is looking for volunteer interns for the summer of 2022! If you are interested in applying or learning more about our internship opportunities, you can find the application HERE.

Volunteering

We are always searching for eager community members to get involved! We can always use the extra manpower, whether it be building things for the gardens, weeding the beds, sorting seeds, or giving thoughtful ideas. If you are interested in volunteering with Urban Greens contact the Urban Ag Specialists at Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District at (740) 454-2027.

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