People’s Garden Gears Up For Fall Gardening Season

The members of the Jardin des Peuples get down to work

Fall is in the air, but that doesn’t stop the harvest or the growth at People’s Garden, the local community garden in Shelby County.

We are located at 209 Brooklyn Ave. in Sidney behind the Agape distribution center. We are in our eighth season and have taught beginner gardening classes, promoted the garden at the Sidney Farmers Market, and hauled produce from the non-rented flower beds to Agape for qualified buyers to use.

We have our next on-site gardening class at our learning center on Thursday. September 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We’ll discuss fall gardening, how gardening benefits people of all ages, and what you can do if you’re interested in volunteering or renting a garden bed. Please enter your name for the class with Conelia Dixon at [email protected]

We are operated organically and use insect deterrents such as garlic, hot peppers, essential oils and, believe it or not, flowers! We currently grow and harvest okra, poblano peppers, rainbow chard, green tomatoes and much more. We love to provide unique products not normally found in the grocery store as well as staple foods such as spinach, beets and green beans. The success of the garden comes from our faith, our reliance on donations and the help of volunteers. There are currently three garden coordinators and a few regular volunteers. We post a list of jobs on a bulletin board on our front porch.

The garden has no fixed opening hours, except when there are classes or scheduled working days. We accept volunteers with all the skills to come and help with the garden work. The garden is a wonderful place full of nature. It is for anyone interested in how to grow their own food, learn more about gardening, volunteer for a good cause and / or have a positive impact in the community. We appreciate all those who came together to help us! Your efforts have made the garden a success! Great things happen when the community comes together for a worthwhile cause. In these uncertain times, having a calming place to go to unwind is beneficial. The garden offers relaxation, sounds filled with nature and beautiful views.

If you’re interested in volunteering, enjoying nature, or learning more about gardening, don’t hesitate to contact Conelia Dixon at 937-726-9525.

The members of the Jardin des Peuples get down to work

The writer is a volunteer at the Jardin du Peuple.

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Terri S. Tomasini