Visitors can expect several options, including chicken poop bingo, a charity guessing game. They’ll be greeted by a display of 10 stories of gardeners and photos to mark 10 years, a project put together by a Wittenberg student.
They can view recently added areas, including a kids’ gardening area with cottage, pollinator garden, an area for raising chickens and a poly house for off-season growing.
Education is part of the garden’s mission. The former school next to the garden, The Ark, contains an after-school program in which kids come work here and other area students worked here to gain on-the-job experience.
The Oasis Garden group has also been influential in helping other area programs, including the recently opened Promise Grows Visioning Garden. Crabtree said some gardeners call their time here a mental health break, allowing a quiet and even a spiritual experience.
Adriel Jones has been gardening at Jefferson Street for six years, also becoming a board member, and will share her story with visitors. A breast cancer survivor, she turned to growing her own veggies to help stay healthy and found more.
She includes her kids in gardening activities and is inspired to start a new food program in the future.
“Being part of this has helped me find my purpose,” Jones said. “People think it’s so hard, but it’s not. I don’t like going to the gym, but I can work out here all day.”
Crabtree and Oasis members are focused on the garden’s next decade, also. Plans include raising money for a story walk, where families can read a story outside the garden and follow along a path, along with a solar house project for more year-round growing.
Attendees who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are asked to wear masks or to stay home if experiencing symptoms.
HOW TO GO
What: Grilling in the Garden and Garden Tour
Where: Jefferson Street Oasis Community Garden, 1100 Jefferson St., Springfield
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31
Admission: Free; donations accepted
More info: www.facebook.com/jeffersonstreetoasis/