Springfield community garden to be discussed

May 02, 2016

A local neighborhood’s community garden will be featured as part of the Global Education and Peace Network’s monthly series Tuesday.

The Springfield Promise Grows program will present “Community Efforts to Cultivate in the Earth in South Springfield” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 105 of the Wittenberg University Shouvlin Center.

Last year, the group grew more than 3,100 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in the Promise Neighborhood. More than 16 gardens were facilitated by 60 adults, who also helped educate more than 150 students at Lincoln Elementary about gardening.

Through the program, the neighborhood saved more than $23,000 on food costs last year.

Sherry Chen, Carla Tamplin and Eric Smith of the Promise Neighborhood will provide information about the program and how it can be replicated throughout Springfield.

“They’re doing good things, not just at the school but also in the neighborhood,” said Nancy Flinchbaugh from the city’s Community Development Department. “You can meet people who can help you learn and they’re always looking for volunteers.”

The Global Education and Peace Network began after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The annual series, presented by the city of Springfield Community Development Department and the Global Education and Peace Network, educates the community about other cultures. The program today is the final of the this year’s series, themed “Global Earthcare.”