Community Garden opens for second year

by Charles Gerian

The City of Blackwell’s Community Garden is preparing to enter its second year starting March 1, and the organization is taking applicants for its six-bed plot at 516 S. 3rd Street. 

Applications may be obtained on the City of Blackwell’s website at or by calling City Hall and speaking to Cindy Gaddis.

Individuals, community organizations and school groups will have the ability to grow and maintain their gardens throughout the season.

Gardeners are provided some basic supplies to start their gardens, including: a variety of seeds, start-up kits, gloves, gardening tools and some approved pesticides.

Produce grown through the community garden can be sold, consumed and donated at the discretion of the plot’s gardener.

The community garden will be a great opportunity for community service hours, fundraising, additions to a food pantry or for the pure enjoyment of what gardening brings, officials say.

“We are pleased to have received funding from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful for our community garden and the ability to provide a space for residents to grow, learn and enjoy the fruits of their labor,” City Manager Janet Smith said.
The City of Blackwell's Community Garden will address food insecurity issues, increase access to fresh food, provide educational opportunities and promote healthy living among residents, Smith said.

Consulting and educational resources on vegetable gardening are available through The City of Blackwell's partnerships with the TSET Healthy Living Program, the Kay County OSU Extension Office and the Pioneer Technology Center Master Gardener Program.

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