FREE Community Garden Workshop on February 2 at Wilson College garden? It's hard. We know.

There can be many purposes to a community garden. Gardens can be used for education, recreational, mental and physical rehabilitation, and provide access to healthy foods. Gardens can bring a sense of community cohesiveness and provide opportunities for neighborhood improvement. The Healthy Franklin County Community Garden Work Group is partnering with Wilson College to host a FREE workshop for those interested in learning more about how to operate a community garden on Saturday, February 2, 10am-12pm. The workshop is designed for new and seasoned gardeners who can learn from those who are operating community gardens in Franklin County. 

Participants will learn about different community gardens from local organizations during a panel discussion. Garens operated by Network Ministries, St. Paul United Methodist Church and Franklin County Master Gardeners will be explored during a panel discussion. After the panel discussion, a series of break-out sessions with experts will explore community partnerships, fundraising and operations (to name a few). Let us know in advance what you'd like to learn or what questions you have here. The event will feature guest speaker, Rick Sayles, who is the Garden Program Coordinator for Steelton-Highspire High School. 

The Healthy Franklin County Community Garden Work Group formed in the summer of 2016 to address nutrition, as it was identified as a priority in the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment* and 2016 Community Health Improvement Plan. The community garden work group works to bring neighborhoods together to provide a sustainable food source for easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables, expand community engagement, strengthen economic development, utilize our collective resources to help sustain existing community gardens and assess the potential to develop new gardens.

The registration deadline is January 25--register here. If you have questions, please call 717-267-4877.

Here's a link to the event flyer and Facebook event if you'd like to share it.

This is event presented by Wilson College and Healthy Franklin County.

*The 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment is currently underway.