Montford Community Garden seeks new members
Now in its fourth year of operation, the Montford Community Garden (MCG) is seeking gardeners for the 2016 growing season.
Located in the heart of the Noble neighborhood, at the intersecion of Montford and Windsor roads, MCG serves residents of the area—which comprises Montford, Windsor, Englewood, Cambridge, Roanoke, Lowell and Northampton roads—as well as residents of other parts of Cleveland Heights, as space permits. Unlike other area community gardens, MCG does not currently have a waiting list.
MCG's mission is to create an organically sustainable sanctuary that provides opportunities for community growth, encourages healthy lifestyles, and supports diversity thru social interaction, education, exercise and neighborhood beautification.
A group of neighbors conceived of, and installed, MCG after the demolition of a blighted property, which had been a trouble spot for the neighborhood. Through the garden, residents reclaimed the property as part of the neighborhood, turning it into a positive feature.
Each year since, improvements have been made to the garden site. FutureHeights recently awarded a grant to MCG, enabling its members to continue with the next phase of development, which includes creation of a "pocket park" at the front of the property, for use by the public.
MCG will hold an Open House in the garden on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m to noon. Refreshments will be served, and gardeners (called "members") will be present to give tours, talk about gardening, and answer questions about how to become a garden member. For more information, visit www.montfordgarden.org, click on Contact Us, and download the application and instructions.
Suzie Coker is a resident of Cleveland Heights and a founding member of Montford Community Garden