Grow Food, Grow Hope Newsletter
Community Gardener Spotlight
by Dom Parks
Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative | Wilmington College | 1870 Quaker Way | Pyle Box 1145 | Wilmington, OH 45177
We Need Your Vote!
We are currently in the running for a grant fromDeLoach Vineyards and Organic Gardening Mag-azine. Fifteen other community gardens fromaround the country (as well as one from Canada)are up for a $4,000 prize but only five of us will win. Voting is going on right now. You can help usto stay in the running by going to
and voting for our project. You can vote once aday, every day until August 6th. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.
Our gardens wouldn’t even be here without all of
you. If we are fortunate enough to receive thesemuch needed funds, we promise to put them touse making the gardens and our community better.
On Saturday, June 16
, three thou-sand bicyclists will depart fromHillsboro on a week-long journey through the scenic countryside of Ohio. Riders will stay overnight in
host towns, or “GOBAvilles”,
along the route, including Wil-mington. Each GOBAville willshowcase its local businesses, at-tractions, and organizations, andnon-profits such as Grow Food,Grow Hope will provide reasonably-pricedmeals and snacks. The route averages 50miles per day, with optional day-trip loops,and riders will have the opportunity toexperience several sites at each stop.GOBA emphasizes that the event is atour and not a race; organizers hope toencourage personal development, inde-pendence, and, of course, bicycling. Theevent is an opportunity to learn aboutOhio, its people, geography, and history for all ages and backgrounds. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience or cy-cling ability. Twenty percent of riders areunder 18, and about one hundred are overthe age of 70!GOBA riders will arrive in Wil-mington on Friday, June 22
, andtour the Luther Warren Peace Path,the Quaker Heritage Center at Wil-mington College, downtown Wilming-ton, and a local lavender farm. There will also be a song contest on Friday night, and Clinton County Fair-grounds will provide campsites. Rid-ers will depart on Saturday to finishthe adventure back in Hillsboro.
Though it’s too late to register for the ad-
venture, GOBAvilles are open to the pub-lic. Be sure to check out all of the activitiesand support Grow Food, Grow Hope by checking out our booth in the St.Columbkille parking lot
we’ll have lots of
delicious food for all to enjoy!
The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure Tours Wilmington
Sometimes it is difficult for Grow Food, Grow Hope to measure how much of an impact we are having onthe community, but every once in a while, we sit down and speak with acommunity member who can give us afirst-hand account of what our pro-gram means to them.Marion Kimes, for example,moved to the Wilmington area fiveyears ago and began volunteering atSugartree Ministries, the local food pantry and community outreach organiza-tion that serves Wilmington. It was through our collaborations with Sugartreethat we first met Marion and his daughter Trinity. This spring, Marion signed up to be a participant at the Northland CourtCommunity Gardens. From day one, he has been a fixture of this garden site,coming to help prepare the garden beds, watering, weeding, and even tending to his neighbors plots when they are in need. Marion has grown flowers in the
past, but hasn’t had much experience in growing produce, so he really liked the
idea of giving Trinity a chance to learn at a young age how to grow her ownfood and felt it would be a nice way for them to spend quality time together. Teaching families how to grow fresh food andhow to eat healthy is a major focus at GFGH, andour medium toward eliminating poverty. We arepleased to welcome Marion and Trinity into thefold and we look forward to helping them grow agarden of their own this year.