The Hardy “HOPE” Garden is a community garden open to the children and families in our neighborhood.
The gardening project began in 2012 by converting an unusable 15,000 square foot plot located across the street from the Hardy Center into a viable, productive green space. During the spring of 2014, the entire space was redesigned and divided into individual plots to grow healthy fruits & vegetables. During the summer, edible plants of varied types from corn, watermelon, sweet potatoes, cucumber, squash and tomatoes, to radishes, onions, broccoli, greens, peas and carrots, were harvested on a weekly basis by the children and their parents, providing an abundance of fresh, healthy fruits & vegetables to supplement their nutritional needs. The “square foot gardening method” used to grow the plants is very easy and productive. A family can grow many of the healthy green vegetables & fruits that would normally be purchased at a grocery store during the entire summer for “free”.
Future plans include a beautification project, which will consist of planting and caring for a botanical flower garden located within the current gardening space. Our goals for providing these projects are to guide young people as they work together to build food security in Columbus’ urban communities by:
•Creating an interest for growing and caring for a flower garden.
•Promoting urban agriculture
•Encouraging cooperative buying
•Promoting healthy eating habits
•Encouraging a life long love for gardening and the possible pursuit of careers in agriculture and other food related sciences