Field to Table sponsors play a vital role in supporting the Conservatory’s community gardening outreach programs. With your investment, Franklin Park Conservatory can continue to provide these meaningful programs, which make impacts in the areas of food access & hunger relief, nutrition education, children’s education, community building, neighborhood safety, environmental sustainability and so much more. Programs include:
Growing to Green – Research proves that community gardens contribute to local community and economic development. As Columbus’ largest organized effort to start, strengthen and sustain community gardens, the Growing to Green program has provided resources to nearly 300 community gardens, school gardens and neighborhood beautification projects throughout central Ohio since its inception. Growing to Green offers hands-on support through resources, seeds and supplies, site visits, grant assistance and more. The program educates garden leaders about entrepreneurial opportunities associated with their gardens, supports nutrition education and other learning opportunities for youth and adults, and raises awareness about the many benefits of community gardening.
Urban Gardens Leadership Academy – This free series of classes is geared toward those that are beginning community agriculture projects, have recently applied for or been awarded a community garden grant, or would like to strengthen their leadership skills for their community garden project. Professional educators and experienced project leaders utilize best practices, hands-on exploration and demonstration to guide participants through leadership roundtables, successful seed starting and use of high tunnels, programming your garden for the next generation, and more.
Community Gardening Summit – Organized and hosted by Growing to Green, We Dig Ohio: An Urban Agriculture & Community Garden Summit is a one-day conference focusing on urban agriculture and community gardening topics. Open to participants statewide, the conference offers relevant information to those working in urban agriculture, along with valuable networking and sharing about impactful projects happening around Ohio.
Farmers’ Market – The Conservatory’s Farmers’ Market is open Wednesday afternoons June through September, and provides families in its near East side neighborhood an opportunity to talk with local farmers and buy fresh, healthy, and organically-grown produce. The Market accepts EBT for all qualifying purchases and participates in Veggie SNAPS, which allows EBT users to receive matching funds for dollars spent on fresh produce. Cooking and wellness demonstrations educate customers on nutrition and offer ideas on how to healthily prepare fresh, in-season produce.
Giving Back – The Conservatory’s Growing to Green community gardens collectively provided over 60,000 pounds of fresh, healthy produce to local food banks last year, and the Conservatory’s own Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Campus harvested over 3,000 pounds of fresh produce to donate to area food pantries.
Please join the 11th annual Field to Table! View sponsorship options and benefits here, or contact Jessica Fagan, Development Officer for Special Events, firstname.lastname@example.org or 614.715.8044.