Got Veggies? We do!

Approximately two years ago the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department had a vision of creating a Community Garden. Without the passion and dedication of Bill Gilmore, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, this project would not be where it is today.

Gilmore started the project from the ground up, seeking a location that would be centrally located for residents, finding partnerships, and encouraging community support. “The University of Texas at Arlington was an integral player in bringing this initiative forward. With their involvement and support, and the selfless service of our dedicated gardeners, this project has been and continues to be a success”, stated Gilmore. Since the opening of the garden in March 2011 all garden plots have been contracted to residents for maintenance and oversight.

Other groups have helped with the Community Garden at UT Arlington as well. In October 2011, the Sunshine Rotary Club constructed a shade arbor. Since 2011 more than 200 UT Arlington students and other community volunteers have donated time and expertise to build, maintain and harvest the garden.

The garden, located at 406 Summit Avenue on the UT Arlington campus, is the host of more than 40 varieties of fruits and vegetables being grown and harvested.

What are we growing?
Banana Peppers Okra
Bell Pepper Onions
Bok Choy Parsley
Broccoli Potatoes
Cabbage Radishes
Cantaloupe Red Cabbage
Carrots Red Potatoes
Chili Peppers Red Okra
Collard Greens Romaine Lettuce
Cucumbers Rosemary
Dill Spaghetti Squash
Eggplant Spinach
Elephant Garlic Strawberries
Grape Tomatoes Sweet Basil
Green Beans Sweet Pepper
Green Onions Swiss Chard
Italian Parsley Thyme
Kale Tomatoes
Leaf Lettuce Turnip Greens
Lemon Balm Turnips
Leeks Yellow Squash
Marjoram Zucchini
Mint

Food donations amounting to 50 percent of each plot’s production are directed to Mission Arlington in an effort to help those most in need. In 2011 over 800 pounds of produce was donated. Since January of this year, more than 250 lbs of fresh produce from 77 active plots has already been donated.

If you are interested in becoming a garden volunteer or being placed on the waiting list for a plot please contact Cynthia Ellis with the Parks and Recreation Department at cynthia.ellis@arlingtontx.gov or call her at 817.459-5484.

 
Cindy Sherman
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Cindy Sherman
4 years 7 months ago

I am interested in getting a plot in the community garden, fall ,summer. thank you Cindy Sherman

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