Wednesday, March 4, 2009

GROW Cincinnati

GROW is a long-term program of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society, developed to address the issues currently facing many individuals and families: healthy lifestyles, economic challenges, community involvement and environmental concerns. Participants will increase their knowledge of gardening and be able to appreciate how small changes in our behavior can have a significant effect on our overall well-being.

GROW kicks-off in spring 2009, providing 5,000 individuals throughout the Greater Cincinnati Metro area with vegetable garden kits (pot, soil, plant materials), everything needed for your container garden to yield fresh vegetables for at least 30 meals. By the end of the first harvest, CHS hopes to have influenced the community to be more committed to nature, healthy eating and an active lifestyle. GROW reinforces the increasing desire of consumers to eat locally grown food because it tastes better, is healthier and curbs the cost in rising groceries, demonstrating how sustainable gardening and nutrition work hand in hand, fulfilling CHS’ motto “changing lives…one pot at a time.”

GROW seeks to engage a broad audience of participants: individuals, groups, neighborhoods, schools, families, corporations, and charitable organizations. The fee for Corporate and individual participation is $15 per kit; charitable participation is sponsored by contributions from individuals and foundations.

Current list of GROW participants:
• Richards Industries
• Horan Associates
• Rookwood Pavilion & Commons & Bzak Landscaping
• The Ronald McDonald House
• The Fischer House
• Norwood Public Schools After-School Program
• Hamilton County ESC Early Learning Program
• The Cincinnati Museum Center

GROW kick-off potting events will be held throughout the city in late March through early April.
CHS encourages everyone to become involved in Cincinnati's vegetable revolution! Interested participants or sponsors for GROW can contact:
• Mary Kramer, GROW Program Director, Cincinnati Horticultural Society,
513.872.9555, ext. 17 or

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