2012 Community Garden
The 2012 Community Garden has ended and we had 15, 099 pounds of produce harvested and given to 11 different organizations in Howard County. There were 1,439 documented volunteer hours in the Community Garden. We thank everyone that worked as well as the sponsors who donated the seeds and other supplies for the garden for without everyone's help we would not be able to do this wonderful work.
Since 2003 on the one acre piece of land which is called the Community Garden first started the land has produced 147,974.5 pounds of produce which has been given to many different agencies in Howard County.
Community Garden History
In spring 2003, Purdue Extension Howard County, Ivy Tech Community College, and the Howard County Master Gardeners Association joined together to realize a dream. The groups worked together to create a community garden—an outdoor laboratory—that has come to benefit the entire community. The garden started as the brainchild of Ivy Tech Chancellor Steve Daily and PU Howard County Extension Educator Rollin Machtmes and has grown to include members of Kokomo and surrounding communities. The land was donated by Ivy Tech supporters Don and Louise Thomas.
It also needs to be mentioned that there would not be a Community Garden without contributors who donate supplies such as seed, fertilizer, equipment, and chemicals so that we were able to produce the wonderful vegetables that were able to be donated to the Howard County community.
The 2012 Community Garden harvested 15,099 pounds from the garden. The harvest was much appreciated by the 11 agencies. The garden has havested a total of 147,974.5 pounds and almost 74 tons have been harvested since 2003. Great job everyone!