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Community Garden

Grow. Learn. Serve.

Otterbein’s Community Garden is an experience with Westerville area partners with outstanding benefits for the community. The garden is operated by an advisory council of partners under Otterbein’s Center for Community Engagement and the majority of the produce is donated to local food pantries. The garden is divided into plots that are cultivated by a variety of community groups, including schools, neighborhood associations, veteran's groups, senior citizen living communities, and immigrant communities. These gardeners are welcome to use gardening tools and water provided at the site. The resulting produce is donated to the food pantries to feed members our community.

The garden also serves as a research site for Otterbein students; an educational youth site for camps and “poetry in the garden” workshops; and an example of sustainable gardening practices and education for gardening clubs and senior living facilities.

The garden is located on the grounds of the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science at 600 N. Spring Road. If your group is interested in participating, contact Leslie Cavin in the Center for Community Engagement at 614-823-1272. 


Grants awarded for community gardens
The Otterbein Community Garden is one of the recipients of grants through the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.

/ Fast Facts

Location / Westerville, OH
President / Dr. Kathy Krendl
Mascot / Cardy the Cardinal
Colors / Tan and Cardinal
Founded / 1847
Students / approx. 3,000
Students to faculty / 11:1
Majors / 74
Minors / 44
Graduate Programs / 8 - learn more