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Franciscan Nun’s Title is Urban Farm and Facilities Coordinator

Sister Rita Wienken checks over new greenhouse plants with assistant farmer Aaron Lucius, a Fostoria native. Photo by Vicki Johnson.

Toledo GROWs, which started in 1996, is part of Toledo Botanical Garden and is housed at the 3-acre Robert J. Anderson Urban Agriculture Center, 900 Oneida St., Toledo.

By Vicki Johnson
The Advertiser Tribune
Apr 23, 2017


Also, the program encourages people to learn how to grow and eat healthful, nutrient-rich food. To that end, the program in 2016 distributed 7,575 free packets of seeds, grew and distributed 7,521 free plants, served more than 6,500 people through community gardens and received 6,000 volunteer hours that were donated to the program.

At the urban farm, 3,751 pounds of produce were harvested, 900 people attended an annual seed swap that takes place annually on the last Saturday of February, and 795 pounds of honey were harvested from the beehives at the farm and main Toledo Botanical Garden campus.

In addition, GROWs loaned 565 tools for work days as its 126 active community gardens and provided free workshops to 103 people. Twenty-five people participated in the second Master Urban Farmer class co-sponsored with Ohio State University Extension.

The center also has a space set aside for family garden plots. A volunteer received a grant through Promedica to develop a garden area with 4-foot by 8-foot plots.

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