Reserve Hershey Community Garden plots at fall festival this Saturday

Ready to book a garden plot at the Hershey Community Garden? Come to a free fall festival and garden preview from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, and reserve a plot for the spring planting season.

The Garden, located on the campus of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, will provide community residents a place to cultivate both gardens and friendships. Gardeners can participate in on-site educational opportunities, hands-on gardening demonstrations, and garden festivals. The Garden features 123 garden plots ranging in size; 8 feet by 10 feet, 8 feet by 15 feet, and 8 feet by 20 feet. Traditional garden plots as well as plots designed for children, and highly raised plots for residents unable to bend to ground level are available.

A portion of the garden will be devoted to philanthropic purposes – the produce cultivated in this section will be donated to people in need in the greater Hershey community.

The Oct. 5 fall festival is an opportunity for a first look at this special community resource. Tour the garden and sign up for a plot. Attendees also will enjoy live music, pumpkin and rain barrel painting, family activities, visits from the Nittany Lion and the Hershey’s characters, healthy food tastings from the kitchens of The Hershey Company, Hershey’s Chocolate World, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company and the Medical Center. From noon to 1 p.m., central PA horticulturalist and garden writer George Weigel will present, “How to grow dinner.”

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The garden was conceived and created by “Hershey Impact,” a group of representatives from the five Hershey entities—The Hershey Co., Milton Hershey School, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts and The M.S. Hershey Foundation. The goal of the group, founded in January 2011, is to further the legacy of Milton S. Hershey by partnering together to enrich the local community and raise its profile as a great place to live and work.

The Hershey Community Garden is a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, fiscal sponsor.

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Last Updated October 03, 2013