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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 vocational 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 Crown Point Ecology Center and Old Trail School 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 Crops

  • 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

Organic Livestock

  • Has access to outdoors
  • Is given organic feed
  • No antibiotics
  • No growth hormones or animal-by-products

Where to Buy Hattie's Gardens Fresh Produce

Fresh vegetables grown at Hattie’s Gardens are available at Akron and Northeast Ohio farmers’ markets. Hattie's Gardens will be at the following markets this summer:

  • Highland Square Farmers' Market in Akron
    Thursdays, 4-7 p.m., May 30-Oct. 2
  • Cuyahoga Falls Farmers' Market at Quirk Cultural Center
    Fridays, 3-6 p.m., June 20-Oct. 3

The sustainable produce is also grown for use at Hattie’s Cafés & Gifts and at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities. If you own or work for a farmers' market, restaurant or specialty grocery store in greater Akron, Ohio, and would like to carry Hattie's Gardens' fresh and local vegetables for your customers, please contact Hattie Larlham. Fresh produce is available to Hattie's Gardens employees and donated to local food banks.

Nathan Edge, Hattie's Gardens

Nathan Edge

Garden Manager

Phone: (440) 346-1793
E-Mail: nathan.edge@hattielarlham.org

Hattie's Gardens
3220 Ira Avenue
Bath, OH 44333

Hattie's Gardens Locations

Hattie's Gardens
Old Trail School
2315 Ira Road
Bath, Ohio 44210 (map)

Hattie's Gardens
Crown Point Ecology Center
3220 Ira Road
Bath, Ohio 44210 (map)

Hattie's Gardens USDA organic Hattie's Gardens OEFFA organic