Citizens prepare Victory Garden

WARREN – The Community Concerned Citizens II and Urban Community Victory Garden Committee have joined together to get different groups involved with gardening at the Victory Garden on the city’s southwest side.

Volunteers plan to begin working in the garden located off York Avenue in May.

Mary Ann Franklin, a committee member, said efforts are to get more youth involved with garden projects.

“We are organizing our new plots and how we are going to divide it up and want to increase the number of young people participating. This will be a great learning experience for them,” she said.

Donna Latessa, a committee member, said she has spoken to local youth organizations about being involved this summer in the garden. Groups that have expressed interest include Urban 4-H, Earth Angel Farm and Inspiring Minds.

She said that last summer youths from Agape Assembly Church were active in the garden and worked with the gardeners.

Franklin said she would like to see involvement from other interest groups or organizations as part of the community outreach.

Mel Milliron, of the Trumbull County Health Department, said the Ohio State University Extension Master Gardeners will be involved in the garden as well.

Dr. Michael Paquete of the extension said there will be open space at the garden so students can have their own area.

At a recent organizational meeting, plans were reviewed for development and improvement of the gardens; summer programs which include children and youth organizations, and ways to get churches, veterans, scouts and summer programs working at the garden.

Milliron and Franklin said being part of the garden helps reduce food budgets, provides quality time with friends and neighbors, and promotes and develops personal pride and good exercise and relaxation.

For more information, call 330-392-5501.