In the spring of 2010, faculty and staff who were planning Earth Day at the University of Cincinnati-Clermont College resolved to develop a small community garden to help serve those in need. The inaugural 25-foot-by-25-foot space yielded 381 pounds of produce, which was donated to area nonprofits.
The garden has grown tenfold from those humble beginnings. In 2014, volunteers from Cincinnati-Eastside Rotary spearheaded an effort to erect a shed near the plot to store tools for garden upkeep.
This summer and fall, volunteers from Cincinnati-Eastside Rotary have joined other community volunteers to help water, weed and harvest.
“One hundred percent of the produce raised will be donated to area food pantries and soup kitchens to help alleviate hunger in the region,” said Cincinnati Eastside Rotary president Eric Radtke. “The community garden is an opportunity to come together as a team and quite literally ‘get our hands dirty’ for a great cause.”