Fulton Community Garden set for growing season

Representatives from the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County, ready garden beds for planting as part of the Fulton Community Garden Project.  Shown from left are: Jan Smith, master gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension; Jen Canfield of the Fulton Alliance Church; Lois Luber, resource development director, United Way of Greater Oswego County; Addie Dolbear, community volunteer;  Lori Halstead, OCO Nutrition Services; and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Representatives from the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County, ready garden beds for planting as part of the Fulton Community Garden Project. Shown from left are: Jan Smith, master gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension; Jen Canfield of the Fulton Alliance Church; Lois Luber, resource development director, United Way of Greater Oswego County; Addie Dolbear, community volunteer; Lori Halstead, OCO Nutrition Services; and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The growing season will soon begin for the Fulton Community Garden Project.

Members of the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County met recently at John Lincoln Park in Fulton to ready the garden beds for planting.

Established in 2012, the Fulton Community Garden, which expanded to 24 garden beds last year, offers Fulton residents the opportunity to plant, tend and harvest their own fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Amy Roland, director of Nutrition Services for Oswego County Opportunities (OCO), said applications are still being accepted for those wishing to participate in this year’s community garden.

“We do have a few garden beds available.  For those who have never tended a garden before this is a great time to start as members of Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide the knowledge and support needed to produce a successful garden,” said Roland.

While the Nutrition Collaboration has overseen the Community Garden Project for the past two years, the Fulton Alliance Church has taken the lead for this year.

“When we first started the project our goal was to truly make this a community garden. We are happy to say that we are progressing in our goal and welcome the Fulton Alliance Church the lead partner in the project,” Roland said.

“Their leadership along with continued support from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, the City of Fulton, and the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County the Community Garden Project enters its third growing season primed for success,” she said.

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 Street in Fulton, or by visiting www.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’s 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 Roland at 598-4712 ext. 1811, or via e-mail at aroland@oco.org.

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