NECIC Blust Avenue Teaching Garden

 Built on the site of three blighted properties, the NECIC Blust Avenue Teaching Garden is a great example of land reuse. 

The NECIC Blust Avenue Teaching Garden was launched in 2015 with the following goals:

  • Teach people of all ages to grow food for home, community, and market
  • Increase economic opportunities and promote self-sufficiency
  • Expand fresh food access in the middle of a USDA Fresh Food Desert
  • Promote healthy lifestyles and outdoor physical activity
  • Beautify and reuse vacant lots, creating new community spaces
  • Promote environmental sustainability
  • Connect residents and build community relationships

People of all ages enjoy the garden. 

There are classes and activities for children:

There are classes and activities for adults:


And it's not just about gardening! 

The NECIC Blust Avenue Teaching Garden has been host to teas, campfire cooking classes, drumming, and even trick-or-treat fun!

What we want you to know: 

The NECIC Blust Avenue Teaching Garden is a community space for North End residents.  We welcome your input, ideas, and feedback!

How you can get involved:

Volunteer for Veggies: Spend a few hours helping out at the garden and leave with a bag of in-season produce

Farm to Market: During peak season, North End resident volunteers that spend a certain amount of time in the garden will be registered for a drawing to win the week's harvest from the garden. The winner will have the option of keeping the produce, or selling all or part of it at the NECIC North End Farmers' Market. We will provide everything you need to set up at the market, and even walk you through the market vending process. 

Host Your Own Event:  Do you need a location for a baby shower, small birthday party, acoustic concert, or neighborhood event? Talk to us about the NECIC Blust Avenue Teaching Garden! The space is available at no charge to North End residents 

Open Hours:  Do you have garden questions, want to take a tour of the garden, or put in some volunteer time? Open garden hours for summer 2017 are Monday afternoon 2 to 4 p.m. and Wednesday noon to 6 p.m. Private hours are also available, so let us know what works for you! All hours are weather permitting. 


Upcoming Events


Get the Scoop on Food Safety with NECIC, Richland Public Health, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture

Special guests Wes Engalbach of Richland Public Health and Jason Ahrens of the Ohio Department of Agriculture will be on hand to explain Ohio's Cottage Food Laws andFood Safety Guidelines for vending at local farmers' markets

North End Elder Program

Are you a North End resident age 60 and over?