Community garden planned for Mid-Ohio Farm neighborhood at NBC4

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Mid-Ohio Farm’s goal at NBC4 is to meet the needs of others. One of the farm’s targets will be the nearly 2,500 people who live in the neighborhood.

Typically, the residents of Riverview Drive are New Americans from around the world and Ohio State University students. As a rule, they have to deal with transport obstacles. The closest grocery store is about a mile away.

Imagine carrying all your weekly groceries this distance. Also, we all got home and realized we forgot to take a few items. This distance between residents of Riverview Drive and a grocer can sometimes be overwhelming.

“It can be a bit of a walk for a lot of neighbors who live here,” said Emily Miller of the Riverview International Center. “This community garden could really benefit from the food insecurity in this neighborhood.”

Some people got creative by growing vegetables they liked from their home country.

“A lot of our neighbors are trying to grow vegetables in Home Depot buckets on our fence,” said NBC4 general manager and vice president Ken Freedman.

From the use of buckets to the redevelopment of car parks, the need for fresh produce is strong in the region. People use what little green space there is to grow food – pots on their patio, next to apartment buildings – whatever the landlord allows.

“It’s a parking lot. They moved the concrete and made a triangular part, added dirt, built a barrier that said ‘this is ours’ and started planting here,” said Diane Linton, acting manager of the Riverview International Center “These neighbors here have used all the front and back of any green space they have to make gardens.”

Imagine that you have moved to another country and you have no plans to return home anytime soon. Would you miss your mother’s meatloaf or the local pizza you order every weekend? The answer is probably yes. The food they grow reminds them of their home.

“These times mean we have something from our country that means a lot,” said Asana Ferdousin, from Bangladesh.

She lived there when she became a citizen and has since moved to her own house and also cultivates a garden there.

“When we have time, we can grow our own kind of vegetables. It would be great for us to get some fresh country vegetables,” Ferguson said.

A section of the Mid-Ohio Farm at NBC4 will have a community garden. The area will provide a controlled and landscaped place specifically for them, free of cars and pedestrians. There, locals can grow whatever produce they want, whether local or from their home country.

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