(BLOOMINGTON) – Bloomington Parks and Recreation’s community gardening program is hosting an open house Sunday, May 19 from 1 until 3 p.m. at Willie Streeter Community Gardens in Winslow Woods Park, 2120 S. Highland Ave.
Prospective gardeners who want to garden but lack the space or know-how are welcome and invited to learn more about renting a garden plot to grow flowers, herbs, and vegetables this season.
A few organic and conventional garden plots are still available for rent at Willie Streeter Community Gardens. Plot rentals can be made on site, and garden staff and experienced gardeners will be on hand to lead garden tours, give away seeds, and share knowledge about how to have a fruitful growing season.
Ross Gay will read from his book, “The Book of Delights”, at 1:15 p.m. and 2 p.m. while Salem Willard and Friends play live music. Refreshments are provided.
“Gardening in a community setting is a much different experience than managing a garden plot in the backyard,” said Sarah Mullin, community gardening specialist. “Gardeners are as willing to share their expertise as they are to share produce. Plus, gardeners who grow their own food know exactly where that food came from, and what it took to produce it. It’s one way to increase food security and feel closer to land.”
The community gardening open house is occurring in conjunction with the City of Bloomington’s “Year of Food,” a year-long campaign launched in January to promote food equity in the community, and economic opportunities for local farmers.
As part of the “Year of Food” initiative, the City is working to increase community engagement and awareness regarding local food production and food insecurity. Gardeners at the Willie Streeter Community Gardeners as well as those who garden at home are invited to participate in “Plant a Row for the Hungry” by planting an extra row of food to donate to a local food bank.
For more information about the Willie Streeter Community Gardens, the Community Gardening Open House, or the Plant a Row for the Hungry program, contact Sarah Mullin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-349-3704.