OKT’s signing up food gardeners!

Beverly Weathersby on the job last summer in her work on OKT’s garden posse.

Are you interested in planting your own food garden and don’t know where to start? Do you have a food garden and want to find ways to make it more productive? OKT is currently signing up qualified residents of Baxter, SECA/Southtown, Eastown and Garfield Park neighborhoods to participate in this year’s food growing program.

These food gardeners will be able to access garden resources such as organic starter food plants, chemical free compost, soil testing and garden coaching. Starter food plants will be distributed twice to participating gardeners—the beginning of June, when the gardens are first planted, and again in July, when cold crops can be planted.

Ms. Weathersby will again lead OKT’s Garden Posse,  coaching southeast Grand Rapids gardeners participating in OKT’s food gardening program. Last year, for the most part, our gardeners rented their homes; food plants were grown in containers.

The women of OKT are hoping even more Southeast area neighbors will join us in growing and sharing even more fresh, healthy food. For information, visit www.OKTjustice.org or call 616-570-0218.