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September 26, 2018

Nutrition Collaboration Plans Fulton Community Garden


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.

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 residents the opportunity to have their own garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs or flowers. 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, Arthur Vercillo, M.D. 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 residents the opportunity to have their own garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs or flowers. 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, Arthur Vercillo, M.D. 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 Cornel 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 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.

According to Roland, 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., 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, city of 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 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 www.oco.org

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