Project G.R.O.W. (Getting Ready for the Outside World)
The Project GROW garden at the Central Ohio Youth Center (COYC) is a joint project between the Union County Master Gardeners and COYC. Residents learn about gardening through the assistance of Master Gardener Volunteers. The Project GROW garden was established in 2006 and has since expanded to 2000 square feet and includes 6 – 4’x12’ raised beds for increased vegetable production. The youth grow, care for and harvest everything from asparagus to zucchini. The garden also includes strawberry beds. Much of the produce is destined for the dinner table at COYC to add fresh vegetables to the menu. A significant portion of the garden harvest is also donated to the Salvation Army Food Pantry and the Marysville Food Pantry to assist them in serving those in our community who experience food insecurity. Nearly 2,000 pounds of fresh vegetables was donated to the pantries through the 2015 and 2016 growing seasons.