Columbus Urban Farm Tour: Urban Community Garden Serving Homeless Men
The Friends Garden, located across the street from the Friends of the Homeless Shelter is a garden operated by OSU Extension Master Gardner Volunteers for Southeast Inc. The shelter provides emergency housing for 130 men, 24 hours per day. New Horizon Transitional Housing, adjacent to the garden provides housing to those who are chronically homeless and have greater medical needs. The Friends Garden provides a safe, green, and healing place where neighbors and friends can sit, read a book, share a meal, or harvest fresh, nutritious, organic fruits and vegetables. The garden also provides friends and neighbors a place to socialize and be part of the revitalization of the community. The garden is a place of beauty and splendor, just like the many who come to gather and share.
The Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series is a joint project sponsored by the Franklin County Office of Ohio State University Extension, and the Columbus Urban Farmers Network. The goal of the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series tours is to demonstrate to the general public the many benefits of urban farms in Columbus. There is no fee or advance registration required to participate in these tours which are open to the public. Farm tours will be held rain or shine and participants should dress accordingly.