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Toledo Correctional Institution’s Goose Hill Urban Garden Benefits Local Community

Toledo Correctional Institution’s Goose Hill Urban Garden Benefits Local Community

Toledo Correctional Institution is proud to be the site of a brand new community garden, registered through the Toledo GROWs organization. This is the first year for the Goose Hill Urban Garden, a community service project supported by the community to benefit the community. The garden embraces the site restrictions in place at ToCI, which prevent planting food products directly in the ground, by exploring and testing alternative urban gardening solutions. The Verti-Gro system, a vertical hydroponic system that uses stacked foam pots placed on poles with an overhead drip irrigation system, was generously donated by the Hope Community Church of the Nazarene in Oregon, Ohio. All of the work in the garden is performed by level one inmates currently housed at the Toledo Correctional Camp along with the help of two dedicated staff advisors, Officer Kenneth Koontz and Lieutenant Robert Copley. Once all the food has been harvested, it will be donated to a local food bank. Toledo Correctional Institution would like to thank Isabel Montez from the Center for Innovative Food Technologies, Seagate Food Bank, Hope Community Church of the Nazarene, and Toledo GROWs for the donation of materials and information necessary to make this community garden a true success. 



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