Get gardening in York city

From the left, Shaun Underkoffler, health education specialist for city Bureau of Health, volunteer Steve Izzo and Tia Underkoffler, an urban 4H educator prepare boxes in April 2011 in an empty lot at 234 South Pershing in York. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL

Think that just because you live in York city, that means you can’t garden? Maybe you have tried growing out of pots on your porch, but you seem to have more of a black thumb than green? (I certainly do.)

Grab a plot of land downtown at the 4-H Community Garden, located at 234 S. Pershing Ave. This year, there are many new items available for the garden, including a new shed, new tools, community berry bushes and a MAEScapes educational garden using native plants.

If you’d rather volunteer than plant ,the garden organizers are always looking for help around the plots. For April and May, these items need to be taken care of for the planting season: cleanup, repainting, filling dirt, tending to the compost pile, helping design additional and educational signs, mowing and trimming, and working on developing the MAEScapes areas. More volunteer work will be available throughout the summer, as the plants grow.

Plots are snatched up quickly, so contact Tia Bess, Penn State Extension-York County urban 4-H educator, by phone at 717-840-7408 or 717-840-7137, or by email at

This isn’t the only community garden in the area, as a number of churches host gardens and the Horn Farm Center offers plots, to name a few. Where else have you seen community gardens pop up in York? Do you have a plot somewhere?

Also, keep an eye out for Smart Magazine’s Container Garden Chronicles, which will be starting again soon.

Create a decorative planter with leftover items

Bethany Fehlinger

Bethany Fehlinger is a journalist in the Design Center at the York Daily Record. She is a graduate of Penn State University and has been a vegetarian and geek for more than six years. Twitter: @Wonder_veggie

You may also like...

2 Responses

  1. April 6, 2013

    […] your green thumb with a community garden plot in downtown York. Can’t commit to your own section? They still accept volunteers to help […]

  2. May 2, 2013

    […] Find a plot in York County Create a decorative planter with leftover items Container Garden Chronicles […]

Leave a Reply