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Fulton Community Garden Ready to Take Root

FULTON, NY – 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.

Amy Roland (right), director of Oswego County Opportunities' Nutrition Services joins Lynnette Wright and Jonathon Schell of Cornell Cooperative Extension in preparing a garden bed for planting at the Fulton Community Garden.  Representatives from the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County, along with volunteers from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield readied the 24 garden beds.  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.
Amy Roland (right), director of Oswego County Opportunities’ Nutrition Services joins Lynnette Wright and Jonathon Schell of Cornell Cooperative Extension in preparing a garden bed for planting at the Fulton Community Garden. Representatives from the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County, along with volunteers from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield readied the 24 garden beds. 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.

Established in 2012, the Fulton Community Garden, which hosts 23 garden beds as well as a community herb bed, offers Fulton residents the opportunity to plant, tend, and harvest their own fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers. According to Amy Roland, director of Nutrition Services for Oswego County Opportunities, applications are still being accepted for those wishing to participate in this year’s community garden.

“We do have a few garden beds available,” said Roland. “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.”

Roland said that when the Community Garden project began her goal was to truly make this a community garden.

Three years into the project she is beginning to see that goal taking shape.

“I’m happy to say that we are progressing in our goal. Taking the lead on this year’s Community Garden Project is Cornell Cooperative Extension. Employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension will collaborate with AmeriCorps workers sponsored through the Rural Health Network of Oswego County. Their leadership along with continued support from the City of Fulton, and the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County the Community Garden Project enters its fourth growing season primed for success,” said Roland.

Planting at the community garden will begin in early June.

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., 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.

Applications can also be taken over the phone by calling Roland at 315-598-4712, ext. 1811.

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, City of Fulton Department of Parks and Recreation, the Fulton Housing Authority and Catholic Charities of Oswego County.

For more information on the community garden project, contact Roland at 315 -598-4712 ext. 1811, or [email protected]