Donations made to Community Gardens

Morning Journnal/Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert Checking out new additions to the East Liverpool Community Gardens, including this shed, are (from left) health Commissioner Carol Cowan, Gregg Stowers, Councilman Craig Stowers, Councilman Ray Perorazio and 84 Lumber manager Gary Lovell.

EAST LIVERPOOL — Now in its second year, the East Liverpool Health Department’s Community Gardens project recently saw the addition of two much-needed structures to its landscape on Maryland Avenue in the East End.

A shed and a pavilion were recently added to the property, both made possible through donations of material from 84 Lumber in Empire.

The shed was assembled with the materials by local resident Mark Hissom, while the pavilion was built by Councilman Craig Stowers and his brother Gregg.

Health Commissioner Carol Cowan offered her thanks for the donations of materials and labor, saying the shed is used to store gardening tools, gloves, harvest baskets, and plant food made available through a grant from The Ohio State University Extension.

The pavilion offers a respite for gardeners to escape the sun while working on their plots or just to relax and read, enjoying the fruits of their labor, which encompasses a number of raised beds where everything from cabbages to tomatoes are currently being grown.

This year for the first time a section was set aside for sweet corn that gardeners can help themselves to when it’s ready for picking.

Rain barrels are situated throughout the fenced-in gardening space and, during drier spells, the city fire department comes in and fills them.

This week, those responsible for the new additions stopped to see the finished product, along with 1st Ward Councilman Ray Perorazio, who represents the East End.

He said, “This shows what can be done in the East End. We have the land and all the facilities needed.”

Cowan said more plans for expansion are being made for the project next year and announced that anyone interested in becoming involved in the health department’s Food Council is encouraged to attend a meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Kent State where some projects will be discussed.

She said ideas include nutrition programs, a master gardening class and canning class.

There is no cost to attend and pre-registration is not necessary, but Cowan asked that anyone planning to attend call the health department at 330-385-7900 so refreshments can be planned.