Attention green thumbs: the Warren County Conservation District has 48 garden plots, 25 feet by 25 feet each, available at the Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area located on Hatch Run Road north of Warren.
The Community Gardens were started in 2008 with 10 plots that have grown from 29 plots in 2013 to 48 plots available this year at a cost of $25 per plot. The cost is used to offset the materials and preparation for the plot.
"The gardens serve as a place for families to have a garden of their own when it is not possible at their home. Plots will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Hurry, they are going fast," the WCCD said in a press release. "This is an excellent opportunity to get your children involved in the outdoors, get your hands dirty, and grow some of your own produce. "
The WCCD community gardens started in 2008 with a request from a local resident about establishing rentable garden plots like the Warren State Hospital used to have at the Farm Colony site. The WCCD pursued the idea the following growing season at the current location off of Hatch Run Road.
For Robert Shaffer, the plots have offered a space to grow vegetables outside his home in Warren.
Shaffer had a plot at the former Farm Colony site with his children and has been involved with the WCCD community gardens since its start in 2008.
He grows carrots, peppers, onions, sow beans and "lots of peppers", but has had some problems with tomatoes.
"Everything else seems to grow pretty well," he said.
"Overall the community gardens have been a great success for the district and the people that are getting their hands dirty, getting outdoors, and growing some of their own produce. There is nothing better than enjoying something you grew on your own. It is very rewarding watching something grow from seed to table," according to the press release.
Anyone interested in getting a garden plot or an additional plot can call 726-1441 or email email@example.com.