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September 23, 2018

Nutrition Collaboration Expands Fulton Community Garden


Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
Fulton, NY – 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.

Representatives from the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County, meet to build additional garden beds for the Fulton Community Garden Project. From left are: Jan Smith, master gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension; Lori Halstead, OCO Nutrition Services; Amy Roland, director, OCO Nutrition Services; Helen Hoefer, supervisor, Catholic Charities of Oswego County Community Services; Lois Luber, resource development director, United Way of Greater Oswego County; and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Representatives from the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County, meet to build additional garden beds for the Fulton Community Garden Project. From left are: Jan Smith, master gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension; Lori Halstead, OCO Nutrition Services; Amy Roland, director, OCO Nutrition Services; Helen Hoefer, supervisor, Catholic Charities of Oswego County Community Services; Lois Luber, resource development director, United Way of Greater Oswego County; and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The Nutrition Collaboration is currently 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.

According to Amy Roland, director of Nutrition Services for Oswego County Opportunities and a member of the Nutrition Collaboration, the project is open to all Fulton community members, and that members of Cornell Cooperate 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 Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, the city of Fulton, and the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County last year’s Community Garden Project was such a success that they will be adding 12 new garden beds this year, bringing the total number of gardens beds to 24 and allowing more community members the opportunity to participate in the project.

This year we will also be planting one of the raised beds with herbs for the participants to enjoy herbs at their leisure.

According to Roland, planting at the community garden will begin May 22 at 9 a.m. 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 calling Tina at 598-4712 ext. 1805 at Nutrition Services.

Director, OCO Nutrition Services, Amy Roland (left) and Addie Dolbear assemble a garden bed for the Fulton Community Garden. 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.

Director, OCO Nutrition Services, Amy Roland (left) and Addie Dolbear assemble a garden bed for the Fulton Community Garden. 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.

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, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Oswego County Department of Social Services, city of Fulton – Department of Parks and Recreation, the Fulton Housing Authority, United Way of Greater Oswego County, and the Cancer Services Program of Oswego County.

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

A private, non-profit agency, OCO touches the lives of more than 30,000 people each year through more than 50 programs operating in over 80 locations throughout Oswego County.

The agency, which is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member, employs more than 650 people and has more than 1,200 highly valued volunteers.

For more information, visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org

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