Apply now to participate in Fulton Community Garden

Employees of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield volunteered their time to help the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County build additional garden beds for last year’s Fulton Community Garden Project. Located at John Lincoln Park, the Fulton Community Garden Project offers Fulton City residents the opportunity to have their own garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs or flowers. For information on this year’s Fulton Community Garden call Amy Roland at 598-4712, ext. 1811. Kneeling from left are: Rachel Sgroi, Michelle Mushock, Ieva Doyle, Daryl Shultz, Alecia Ryznik, and Jen Soule-Parrish. Standing from left are: Jan Smith of Cornell Cooperative Extension; Geovanni Ballog, Bridget Marion, Renee France, Jacqueline Iacovelli, Michelle Simpson, Dale Miller, Brittany Taylor, Rachel Gleason; Amy Roland, Oswego County Opportunities; Dr. Arthur Vercillo;  and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Employees of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield volunteered their time to help the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County build additional garden beds for last year’s Fulton Community Garden Project. Located at John Lincoln Park, the Fulton Community Garden Project offers Fulton City residents the opportunity to have their own garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs or flowers. For information on this year’s Fulton Community Garden call Amy Roland at 598-4712, ext. 1811. Kneeling from left are: Rachel Sgroi, Michelle Mushock, Ieva Doyle, Daryl Shultz, Alecia Ryznik, and Jen Soule-Parrish. Standing from left are: Jan Smith of Cornell Cooperative Extension; Geovanni Ballog, Bridget Marion, Renee France, Jacqueline Iacovelli, Michelle Simpson, Dale Miller, Brittany Taylor, Rachel Gleason; Amy Roland, Oswego County Opportunities; Dr. Arthur Vercillo; and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Community members interested in enjoying their own garden fresh, homegrown vegetables or the beauty of a fresh flowerbed are invited to be a part of this year’s Fulton Community Garden Project.

The Nutrition Collaboration is soliciting Fulton city residents interested in participating in the Community Garden Project.

Participants will receive their own garden plot where they can grow vegetables, herbs or flowers that will be theirs to enjoy.

Amy Roland, director of Nutrition Services for Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) and a member of the Nutrition Collaboration, said the project is open to all Fulton community members, and members of Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide support for those who have never tended a garden before.

“The community garden is a great way for Fulton residents to enjoy fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers right from their own garden!” said Roland.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of  Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, the city of Fulton and the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County, the Community Garden Project it entering its third growing season and continues to be success.

Since its inception in 2012, the project has more than doubled its number of garden beds and has provided fresh fruits and vegetables to participating families and individuals.

Roland said planting at the community garden will begin in late May. Fulton city residents interested in participating in the community garden may do so by picking up an application from the Fulton Housing Authority, 1100 Emery St., Fulton, or by visiting oco.org, Health and Nutrition Services.

Return the completed application to the Fulton Housing Authority or mail to: OCO Nutrition Services, 239 Oneida St, Fulton, NY 13069. As space is limited, submitting an application does not guarantee a plot in the garden.

The Nutrition Collaboration will utilize a lottery system in the event that the requests for plots out number the amount of plots available in the garden.

Sponsors for the community garden project include: Oswego County Nutrition Collaboration, Rural Health Network of Oswego County, Food Bank Of CNY, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, Oswego County Department of Social Services, Fulton Department of Parks and Recreation, the Fulton Housing Authority, United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Cancer Services Program of Oswego County, and Catholic Charities of Oswego County.

For more information on the community garden project contact Amy Roland at 598-4712 ext. 1811, or via email at aroland@oco.org.

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