PARKERSBURG - For the second year, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department has collaborated with the Courage to Change Community Recovery Center Inc. to establish a community garden at the Lynn Street Church of Christ.
On Saturday, volunteers gathered at the church to begin tilling ground, mixing in fertilizer and planting the garden as part of Community Service Day.
Nora Kelley, an AmeriCorps member working at the MOVHD, said the garden project was designed to help community members have access to more fresh vegetables and to help them make healthier food choices.
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Trenda Ridgeway did her part in planting seeds during the Community Service Day on Saturday.
"We are trying to get people to learn to eat healthier and be more self-sufficient," she said. "This is one of our big projects, Community Service Day, and we have AmeriCorps members at different places doing the same."
Kelley said the AmeriCorps members help get the gardens started during the service day with volunteers to till the ground, add fertilizer and plant seeds or seedlings.
From there, she said, it is up to the community to keep the garden going.
"They benefit from it because they have fresh vegetables," she said.
Kelley said the site for the Lynn Street garden was a 25 feet by 25 feet patch of ground behind the church. She added this will be the second season for the garden at the Lynn Street church.
Caroline Eyberg, with the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department and the SNAP Education program, said a number of vegetables were planted.
"We're planting several varieties of cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, peas, onions, green beans and cilantro," she said.
Two groups that will work at the garden will be from the Latrobe Street Mission and the Courage to Change Community Recovery Center along with members from the Lynn Street Church of Christ.