McCloud Park, located at the intersection of West Fourth and West Fifth Street in Marysville is maintained by the Union County Master Gardeners. The 1/3 acre park was landscaped with woody ornamentals and is planted yearly with annuals and perennials for beauty and educational purposes. Many of the plants are tagged with scientific and common names.
Starting in early April, Master Gardeners arrive once a month to weed, prune, fertilize, deadhead, plant and divide plants as needed. The mowing and watering is under the direction of the City of Marysville.
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.
Home Grown 101
West Central Community Correctional Facility (WCCCF) requested the Union County Master Gardener Volunteers provide introductory vegetable gardening training to their residents. The training takes place several times a year so that multiple groups of inmates can attend as they cycle through their rehabilitation program.
Each training session consists of two (1) hour long classes during back to back weeks. Training commences early in the growing season and continues through the season's end in the fall.
This training exposes the residents to the benefits of vegetable gardening and some basic knowledge to get them started. Many of them have limited access to fresh produce when they return home so this gives them an avenue to grow their own.