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Church, Friendship room teaming up to build community garden

Updated: Thursday, May 8 2014, 05:42 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Friendship Room Warming Center and the Westminster Presbyterian Church are teaming up on a project to feed the hungry on North 5th street in downtown Steubenville.
Earlier this week, people came together to work on something that will bring health and work together. It’s a community garden, and it’s right in the heart of downtown Steubenville in an empty school lot.
Director of Community Outreach Sam Gibb said the garden is to build the community and provide food for people.
“Anything we can eat, we will do -- tomatoes and onions and zucchini and yellow squash,” Gibb said.
The beds were built Wednesday. The next step is finding some good soil. Then they’ll plant.
“We need dirt so we are looking for a couple different nurseries and some farmers are going to be providing manure and fertilizer and that kind of thing,” Gibb said.
The Friendship Room’s Molly McGovern said one thing that's checked off is water for the plants.
“We’ll use rain barrels,” McGovern said. “The women’s center is allowing us to use their gutters to water the plants for the summer and the fire department will help as well during the dry season.” Gibb said plans are in order to have anyone come down at the end of this month for a planting day
Residents are excited for this.
“We’re all looking for, no matter what income base you are, to live and eat healthier, and local,” downtown business owner Suzanne Kresser said. “I think it’s fantastic for downtown as well.”
For more information, you can go on the Friendship Room Warming Center Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friendship-Room-Warming-Center/445935712200688

Church, Friendship room teaming up to build community garden


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