Programs and Projects

Youth Gardening

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GOGA has a year-round ongoing gardening program at Crouse Elementary in Akron, Ohio, and contributes material donations and expertise to the youth gardens at Buchtel CLC and the youth gardens at the Salvation Army of Summit County. For more information, or ways to get involved, please contact Stephen Thompson at st53024@yahoo.com or 330-666-5065.

Donations to Food Banks

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Our members have donated thousands of pounds of food every year to the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank and several other local food banks in the area. Extra food that is grown from our projects are also donated so those in need can benefit. Congratulations to club member Mr. Andy Bettick, who at the age of 89, grew many hundreds of pounds of food for the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank in one season for which he was honored this past year by many local and regional papers. Please consider donating excess growth from your gardens to your local banks. They really need them!

Habitat for Humanity

The Gardeners of Greater Akron Landscape two homes a year for Habitat for Humanity of Summit County as well as give educational presentations and assistance to homeowners about gardening and lawn care. Volunteers, and plant and shrub donations, are always welcomed. Contact Chris Godard at 330-699-0509 if you are interested in volunteering, donating, or would like further information regarding this initiative.

Crown Point Ecology Center

Members maintain an organic garden at Crown Point Ecology Center year round. Volunteers are always needed for this task. Crown Point Ecology Center supplies thousands of pounds of food to food banks and community gardens, camps, farm shares, community gardening, weddings, and so much more. One-time helpers and families are welcome. Contact Amie D’Arienzo if you are interested in participating at 330-603-3409.

Scholarships for Students

 

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GOGA provides two scholarships every year to deserving students in the ATI agricultural programs at Ohio State University who reside in Summit and surrounding counties.  For more information on how to apply, donate, or volunteer for this important program, please contact Les Knight at 330-633-2616. Link to the scholarship is seen above.

Endowment Fund

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Pictured above are members planting some of the original gardens on the grounds of Stan Hewitt. Our club has had a significant impact in the Akron Area since the 1930s. Several years ago, a fund was established by several members to ensure that the legacy and mission of the club would continue for future generations. The endowment fund is invested with the Akron Community Foundation. For more information on how to contribute, objective of the fund, and ways to get involved with the Endowment Fund Committee please contact Chuck Keach at 330-336-3063.

Judging School and Silent Auctions

Member have the opportunity to be trained and serve as horticultural show judges and to help and donate to the yearly silent auction. Members also have opportunities to participate in horticultural shows. Some of these opportunities are paid. If you have an interest in becoming involved in these opportunities please contact Jim Bell at 330-673-3553 for judging and Cheryl Bordner at 330-745-4699 for the auction committee.

Beautification Awards

Each year a member, nonmember, and business is nominated for an award honoring their beautification of the Greater Akron community. Awards are disseminated each year on beautiful display plaques at a lovely evening award show and dinner event. Members are free to nominate those they feel deserving of this award by contacting John Anderson at 330-548-9174.

Garden Gabber

GOGA has an award winning newsletter that we publish on a monthly basis featuring a variety of articles and information regarding gardening, the community, and the club. We are always looking for new stories and articles for publication. The Gabber is free for all GOGA members. Articles and information should be submitted to Clark Bordner at cbordner@neo.rr.com or 330-388-6382.

Membership and Telephone Calls

Members care about our other members in the club. To assist with mentorship or contacting members please call Bob Bell at 330-673-3553 or Trish Carlson at 330-388-8093

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