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Posted on: May 15, 2019

Clark County Tomato Project to educate residents about recycling, growing plants

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SPRINGFIELD, OH (May 15, 2019) – The Clark County Solid Waste District and Keep Clark County Beautiful are partnering on a container garden project that will allow residents to take home free tomato plants to educate the community about the impact of recycling, beautification and food production.

About 500 tomato plants in container garden pouches made from recycled bottles will be offered to residents free of charge. Once the tomatoes have bloomed, the container garden pouches can be reused for up to five years.

The tomato plant container gardens will be available to community members free of charge at two events later this month:

  • The Enon Farmer’s Market, 4 to 7 p.m., May 23
  • The Springfield Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 1

The plants were grown this spring in the greenhouse at the Global Impact STEM Academy.

South Charleston-based PayGro also donated compost for the project. The composting facility currently receives food waste from commercial businesses and converts it into usable products, including compost, potting soil and mulch. The pouches were filled by PRIDE inmates from the Clark County Jail.

Residents are encouraged to share photos of their tomato plants by submitting photos to mcooper@clarkcountyohio.gov.

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Media contact:

Clark County | Michael Cooper, Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031




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