Through the "Power in Dirt" program, operating for only seven months at the time, Baltimore has adopted 400 lots. The lawn company ScottsMiracle Gro. generously donated $25,000 towards this program to to help ensure the community has the ability to grow healthy food so the residents in the area have better food options. Generally the town only receives fresh vegetables and fruit maybe once a week through a farmer's market. The empty lots in Baltimore can be applied for adoption through a 9 month period for $120 to turn on water for a hose in the lot. Mini grants were given for the program to be able to turn on the water for the garden to thrive.
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Turning to a more local view on vacant lots, we know that the problem is just as big here as it is in Baltimore. To improve vacant lots in Springfield, OH, we cannot just do what we see as best. In order to find a sustainable solution to this problem, there needs to be support from the community as a whole. We have put together a potential series of steps to take to hopefully achieve this community support.
Step 1 - Gather a survey together and pass them out to the residents in Springfield, and in Lincoln Elementary.The students can take them home, or it can be sent out electronically for the parents/guardians to fill out with them. This survey will ask a series of questions on how said person feels about our vacant lot(s) and how they would like if it were fixed into a garden of sorts. This survey can be a rated one, on 1 being if they strongly disagree, and a 5 being that they strongly agree with the statement at hand. They will also be asked on whether or not they would like to participate in helping and if so they can meet at designated area at the end of the survey
Step 2- Create a meeting of sorts for all who is interested in helping making the vacant lot a garden. At the end of the survey in step 1 there can be an email address to send their contact information to if they are interested in learning how they can help with this project. After receiving all the emails we can gather on how many will be there at the meeting to decide where to meet at.