BBC is excited to announce an opportunity for 50 families of Cleveland’s Central and Kinsman neighborhoods to grow fresh vegetables in their own backyards, ALL FOR FREE!
Incorporating fresh produce into your diet can improve your health and nutrition. Growing your own vegetables can also save you money, and fresh produce tastes better and is healthier than canned, frozen, or preserved options. Gardening is also a fun activity family members can do together to enjoy time together and become more active outdoors.
BBC will be providing a raised bed gardening system comprised of compost-filled mesh tubes called GardenSoxx. GardenSoxx can be placed anywhere that receives ample sunlight and water is accessible. They can be put on top of grass, concrete, or soil. Another advantage is that GardenSoxx are resistant to weeds, which can crowd out vegetable plants, compete for water and sunlight, and create a lot of extra work for gardeners. They are also not messy like typical gardens.
Each participant will be given enough GardenSoxx to establish a four foot by four foot garden, as well as seedlings that can be planted within GardenSoxx. Vegetable seedlings to be provided to participants tentatively include varieties of tomatoes and peppers, beans, lettuce, spinach, collard greens, zucchini, and basil.
BBC will also provide rain barrels to many participants, since the rain water they collect from rooftops and gutters is nutrient-rich and much better for watering plants than tap water. Rain water helps gardens grow faster and healthier. By using rain water to water plants, rain barrels help you save on your water bill.
Special programming, such as cooking classes at CornUcopia Place for gardeners to learn creative ways in which they can use the produce they grow, may also be available exclusively to participants.
Garden kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be provided to participants in May. They will go quickly, so act today! The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 18th at 5pm. For more information or to participate, please call (216) 341-1455.