Cooperative Extension to Hold Workshop on Establishing a Community Garden

MEXICO – Calling all gardening enthusiasts.

Cornell Cooperative Association of Oswego County staff members assist with a community garden.
Cornell Cooperative Association of Oswego County staff members assist with a community garden.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County will hold a workshop entitled “Planting the Seed: An Introduction to Establishing a Community Garden” at the Mexico VFW at 5930 Scenic Ave. (State Route 3) just north of the village of Mexico.

This educational program will take place on March 8, from 6-8 p.m.

All individuals interested in learning about establishing a community garden are encouraged to attend.

Topics to be discussed at the informational program:

• Establishment, day to day management, long term sustainability of community gardens.

• Successes and challenges of community gardens.

• Additional training and resources available on community gardens.

Interest in community gardens has increased in recent years, aimed at promoting health and nutrition through the production of fresh, locally grown food.

Community gardens have also been shown to connect, educate, and encourage entrepreneurial projects.

Community garden advocates have stated that “through gardening, people don’t just learn how to grow vegetables. They also learn how to work together to solve problems. People work towards improving the health and vitality of their community.”

Previous gardening experience is not required. CCE Oswego County staff and Cornell University Garden Based Learning coordinator, Lori Brewer, will discuss methods with participants to make their gardening experience positive.

Jonathan Schell, agriculture team coordinator, CCE Oswego County, said, “We are pleased to be able to provide technical expertise through this educational workshop, and to help with garden planning.”

The cost for the workshop is $10.

Please call 963-7286 by March 4 to register or to inform us of any special needs.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County interprets, disseminates and delivers research-based information and knowledge on issues relevant to Oswego County youth, individuals, families, farms, small business and communities.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

For more information or for special assistance contact, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 315-963-7286 or