Panel of 5 local speakers will address questions regarding Community Gardening in OKC.
The Oklahoma State University's Cooperative Extension Service announces it will host the multi-hour event on Tuesday January 29th from 1-3pm at the Downtown OSU-OKC campus at 930 North Portland, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma .
The event requires pre-registration, by calling (405) 713-1125. There is no fee for this service.
The panel of experts from the greater OKC area have separate community roles: Angela Jones does community gardening for the YMCA. Tim McCollum Shawnee community gardening, Bud Morris Faith Based community gardening, Bob Wilson, Kiwanis Club community gardens and Allen Parlier, Youth Services community gardens ( and Central Park Community Garden).
The groups will discuss and answer questions regarding all aspects of developing and maintaining a community garden.
Such gardens are used to help communities grow fresh produce, to teach skills towards certifications, to provide social outlets and to teach about gardening. There are many values learned from maintaining a garden and greenspace.
Many gardens are up and running in the community and make wonderful opportunities for volunteering. The gardens are used for socializing as well as productivity. Some people even say that they are a deterrent to crime, as people are outside their homes and interacting with others. Most gardens will accept gifts of time, energy, goods and funds.
Allen Parlier's Intown Central Park Community Garden is located just North and slightly East of the Paseo area. It is about 2 blocks south of Harding School on 32nd and North Shartel.
Central Park, a non-profit, has recently won an Urban Gardening grant. This money in part was used to further aid young people who were involved in required community service. In a simultaneous process, a group of young men finished their court ordered community service, learned a skill and then were eligible for work under their very basic horticulture certification. This opportunity averts a revolving door experience that afflicts many young people here.
Sharing, wondering, growing, learning. Together OKC!