Clean Turn is again willing to deliver on Earth Day (Tuesday, April 22) the soil donations to community gardens which receive grant funding. James will get the grant list and contact you to arrange for delivery times. You do not need to contact him. However, the community garden must provide the necessary volunteers to unload the bags. We were lucky last year that the Growing Hearts and Hands CG arranged for Alvis House volunteers to unload our bags for us at the SACG.
Side Lot Purchases. The Land Bank in the past has been more than happy to sell properties to adjacent property owners in order to improve the neighborhood. However, they have slightly expanded the program to include non-profit organizations -- like community gardens -- which have already benefitted the property and neighbors who live within 400 feet of the property. Technically, the property must be sold at fair market value or appraised value (but I've seen vacant lots listed at approximately $500). To benefit from this program, the purchaser must be among three types of buyers:
Catching Rain Water and Rototillers. The Rebuilding Together of Central Ohio Tool Library had several great announcements.
Announcements. John explained that community gardens need to mow their lots every 2-3 weeks and get approval before adding structures. Compost needs to be in bins. He also recommended that we call Joe Sulak in the City's Forestry Department at 645-6648 when seeking delivery of recycled wood chips to use as mulch and to line paths, etc. Joe will want our parcel number and address. (I added that many tree-trimming companies are also willing to drop off wood chips if you give them enough notice since it saves them the trouble of driving them miles south of the City. The SACG has greatly benefitted from such donations from both the City and private tree companies). The City and the Tool Library are also working with OSU to offer free soil testing. (I volunteered last night that CLC would conduct lead tests for $35, but it was really $45. CLC will also test for other heavy metals for $190. Land Bank lots which have not had extensive soil testing are required to utilized raised beds).