About the garden
Our inaugural season at The Massillon Community Health Garden has officially begun after a year of planning and seeking funding. The goal and hope for the garden is to provide a place for community members to share their garden knowledge with others, to foster fellowship, and increase fruits and vegetable availability to those in food desert neighborhoods throughout Massillon.
The Health Department has partnered with Austin Bailey Foundation, Bachtel Excavating, John Patrick Picard Architect Inc., The Lions Club, MCTV and Rivertree Massillon to make this project possible. Purchasing supplies, constructing garden beds, plotting the plants, and tilling the land began in April and the garden officially started on May 6th with planting day. Twenty community members including a local girl scout troop helped plant 8 elevated and 10 raised beds filled with over 130 vegetables, herbs, and fruits. As the garden grows, we would love more community groups to join us to help serve our community and learn gardening skills.
As the season progresses, the Health Department will be making a mini cookbook for tips on cleaning, preparing, storing, and cooking our harvest. Harvest will be dispersed for free in food deserts neighborhoods with the cookbook. Follow our Massillon Community Health Garden on Facebook for updates or to join us.
One of the main health priorities in the 2022 Community Health Assessment is Obesity/Healthy Lifestyle Choices, the garden will help provide for this community need.
The garden is located at 1600 Main Ave W. (Back left corner of the RiverTreet Church parking lot.)