One of TTF’s partner organizations, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), is currently running a Garden Tenders basic training course to prepare residents to establish and maintain community gardens in their neighborhoods. The ripple effect surrounding city gardens is incredible! As gardens are planted, community members come together, take care of each other, and experience a higher quality of life and increased property values. Additionally, crime and litter decrease, leading to healthier watersheds.
PHS’ Sally McCabe leads this fun and informative course. Topics covered during the class include: how to test soil, decide which plants to grow, find out who owns a vacant lot, recruit volunteers, install rain barrels, and much more!
I am taking this class as part of my work as TTF’s Community Liaison. Community members often ask us about starting or maintaining gardens in their neighborhoods, and this class will enable us to better assist them.
If you are interested in learning more about Garden Tenders, check out the PHS website.