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Waterman Farm growing produce for cancer survivors

June 13, 2013

The Waterman Farm has paired with the James Cancer Hospital to create the Garden of Hope. The community garden is designed for cancer survivors enrolled in the JamesCare for Life program. It allows cancer survivors to help pick produce throughout the summer. It also gives them the chance to grow their own fresh vegetables at home. Glenn Mills, the manager of the Waterman Farm was quoted by the OnCampus Faculty and Staff Newspaper about the benefit of the program," When people don’t think about the trials and tribulations they’re going through in life and they’re just worried about ‘how can I grow this at my house’ and ‘what can I do differently to be successful’ and ‘when can we come pick tomatoes,’ it’s a complete escape… It’s the nutrition part but it’s also the cleansing to get away from the situation that they’re in."

The goal of the Garden is to help people start and maintain a healthy dietary lifestyle.
 
To read the entire OnCampus article, click here
 
General information about the Garden of Hope
 
Ohio State’s Waterman Farm

2490 Carmack Road

Corner of Lane Avenue and Kenny Road
 
The Garden of Hope is a community garden available free of charge for cancer survivors. This year’s garden will feature a new herb garden and a wide variety of vegetables rotating throughout the summer.
 
Each participant will receive a special harvest bag for collecting fresh produce during weekly picking times. During these scheduled times, Ohio State horticulture, dietetics and nutrition students will be available to answer questions and lend assistance. JamesCare for Life volunteers and staff also will be on hand to provide orientation to new participants.
 
Next Orientation
6-8 p.m. June 17 at the Waterman Farm. Register at cancer.osu.edu/go/support. Mini-orientations available on harvest days.
 
Harvest Schedule
June, July and August

Mondays, 6-8 p.m.

Thursdays, 8-10 a.m.

Saturdays, 8-10 a.m.