Draft horses to plow community gardens


A team of draft horses will plow a downtown community garden this weekend with some help from community leaders.

For the second straight year, the horses will plow the Jefferson Street Oasis Community Garden at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Children’s Rescue Center, 1027 W. High St. The garden is located at the former St. Mary Church and school site, just behind the organization’s Gopher Dome.

A free soup lunch will be served at the event, which is free and open to the public.

They’re expecting approximately 400 people this year, said organizer Terry Fredrich. Last year, the event saw approximately 200 people.

Four teams of draft horses from the Harness and Hitch Group from Greene and Clinton counties will be in attendance this year, including Belgian, Percheron and spotted draft horses.

“They’re going to do more playing and more interpretation as far as acting with the crowd,” Fredrich said.

This year, several community leaders will guide the plow behind the horses to raise money for the ministry, including city commissioner Karen Duncan, OSU Extension director Pam Bennett and Wittenberg University professor John Ritter.

The garden began in 2012 as a collaborative ministry between the Cincinnati Archdiocese, which owns the land, and the Children’s Rescue Center, Inc. It provides an opportunity for families to grow and harvest fresh produce. The ministry also donates produce to the Second Harvest Food Bank, Fredrich said.

They’re hoping to have approximately 25 families with plots on the 1.2-acre garden this year. The garden could eventually be used for an urban agriculture program used in other large metropolitan cities.

“We want to keep getting bigger and bigger,” Fredrich said.

For more information, call 937-324-2529 or log on to childrensrescuecenter.com.


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