All of the rain this week made it a slow one for the Learning Garden. We had a couple big groups of volunteers scheduled to come out to help, but had to ask…
All of the rain this week made it a slow one for the Learning Garden. We had a couple big groups of volunteers scheduled to come out to help, but had to ask them to reschedule for a time when work could actually be done. Luckily the rain broke long enough that our gardener could put together about 40 pounds of produce to donate to the Community Development For All People food pantry.
The Learning Garden experienced a major setback this week. The heavy rain caused the river on the back part of the park grounds to overflow, completely flooding the garden and washing away months of hard work by our gardener and volunteers. It’s likely that all of the greens and the green bean plants won’t make it. Hopefully, since the tomato plants hadn’t started flowering, they’ll still be able to produce edible fruit. We won’t know exactly what needs to be done to restore the garden until it drains and dries, but we’ll certainly need all hands on deck from community volunteers to get the Learning Garden back on its feet.
Our garden manager and another garden staff member surveyed the damage more closely by actually kayaking across the garden. The garden mascot Milo definitely enjoyed a swim in the water as a break from the heat.
On the bright side, the Hoover Haven is looking great. The new flooring is officially down and the cabinets and benches are just waiting for their coats of paint to dry before being put in.
With the flood, the fundraiser with Asempe Kitchen is even more important now! Registration is live and can be found here. If you’re not able to make it to the event, consider showing your support for the Learning Garden by gifting a ticket to allow someone else the chance to attend.
Volunteers will also be an essential part of restoring the Learning Garden. Please visit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank Volunteer Hub online to sign up.