Services for people with developmental disabilities.
Hattie's Gardens sustainable agriculture, local produce

Hattie's Gardens

Good Food Grows at Hattie's Gardens

Hattie’s Gardens is a sustainable garden that grows fresh, organic produce for Akron and Northeast Ohio residents. Hattie's Gardens is a Hattie Larlham work training program for adults with developmental disabilities.

Fresh, Local, Sustainable Produce

Hattie's Gardens adheres to sustainable growing practices, including crop rotation to prevent soil depletion, composting, using beneficial insects to manage crop-damaging insects, spreading mulches to suppress weeds and using disease-resistant cultivators. Hattie’s Gardens is part of the sustainable vision of Northeast Ohio:

  • Organic practices eliminate harmful chemicals from entering the environment
  • Growing and purchasing locally reduces fossil fuel consumption
  • Community-based composting reduces landfill waste and turns it into nutrient-rich soil
  • Responsible irrigation techniques like collecting rain water and using precise (drip-line) irrigation saves water

Hattie's Gardens Certified Organic

Hattie’s Gardens at the Akron Zoo are organically certified by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA). The OEFFA certifies farmers according to the United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program (USDA NOP) standards. Hattie’s Gardens meets the standards for organic farming, which include:

Organic Vegetables

  • All seed stock is organically certified and untreated
  • Grown in safe soil
  • Have no modifications
  • Must remain separate from conventional products
  • No synthetic pesticides
  • No genetically modified organisms (GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) plants
  • No petroleum-based fertilizers
  • No sewage sludge-based fertilizers

Developmental Disability Work-Training Program

Hattie's Gardens trains adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for community employment. The work-training program develops green spaces from reclaimed property and teaches the community. Employees with developmental disabilities work with Hattie Larlham job coaches to learn proper tool use and safety, soil preparation, tilling and digging, greenhouse watering and care, seedling care, weeding and harvesting. Hattie's Gardens grows fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. The benefits of a healthy diet and the importance of harvesting crops at their peak are part of the program.

Hattie's Gardens produce is available to Akron Zoo visitors at the Komodo Café and to Akron residents.

Zac Rheinberger

Zac Rheinberger

Director of Food Operations


Hattie's Food Hub
395 Douglas Street
Akron, Ohio 44307

Hattie's Food Hub Location

Hattie's Food Hub
395 Douglas Street
Akron, Ohio 44307 (map)

Hattie's Food Hub Hours

Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.