Geauga County Probate/Juvenile Court youth are learning a little bit about gardening while working to provide fresh produce to local food pantries. The Live United Garden, located at the Pleasant Hills Home on Aquilla Road, is a partnership between the home, the Geauga County Juvenile Court, United Way Services of Geauga County, and the Geauga Hunger Task Force. Youth who need to perform community service hours will be planting, watering, and weeding the garden throughout the summer. The harvest will supply the seven food pantries of the Geauga Hunger Task Force.
Volunteers who have made this a true community effort include employees from several organizations in the county: the Geauga Park District, who helped with the planning of the garden; Catholic Charities Community Services of Geauga County, who has arranged for soil testing and fertilization; and the Geauga County Maintenance Department, who donated time and equipment to prepare the garden for planting.
Judge Timothy Grendell, who presides over the Geauga County Probate/Juvenile Court, is appreciative that United Way Services of Geauga County is coordinating this effort.
It gives youth the positive feeling of watching something grow, as well as providing an experience that is in keeping with the agricultural heritage of Geauga County. Not only does it help our food pantries, but this productive effort is helpful for the young people involved.”
Volunteer groups will be needed to help with the harvest in late summer. If you have a group that would be interested, please call Joann Randall, Resource and Volunteer Manager, 440-285-2261, ext. 225. Follow the garden’s progress by visiting United Way Services of Geauga County on Facebook.