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Mules, River City make urban garden special

Camp Washington volunteers are rolling up their sleeves and developing a two-acre parcel of land on the old Workhouse site into an urban garden. They also have the help of the River City Correctional Center residents who enjoy learning about farming and being outside.

They already have the winter crop in the ground. It consists of bibb lettuce, bok choy, peas, garlic bulbs and strawberries.

Community organizer Joe Gorman says the gardening is organic and soon rain barrels will be installed. He says, "We're actually planting a peach grove starting again next month. Camp Washington is kind of known for its peaches for some reason."

The garden will provide food for the community and at the same time teach a skill to River City residents. Mimi Rook lives right around the corner and is helping to spearhead the urban garden. She is thrilled with the River City interest. "Because they're the only people I've ever had do community gardening in 100 degree weather who say can we come back this afternoon. I'm like woohoo, I've hit garden nirvana!"

Mules arrive next month to help with composting and keeping the grass down. Goats were on site this summer and will come back again.

Camp Washington has a five-year lease from Hamilton County for this piece of land.

Eventually you might be able to see the site of the garden from the interstate. Joe Gorman is working with the American Sign Museumto put up a giant genie.

Gorman wanted to let people know of a special event Tuesday at the American Sign Museum. Rusty McClure, the grandson of Lewis Crosley, Great Nephew of Powel Crosley and author of the New York Times bestselling biography: Crosley: Two Brokers and a Business Empire that Transformed the Nation, will be speaking Tuesday at 6:15. More informationhere.

Ann Thompson has decades of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting.