The Oldsmar Organic Community Garden is a nonprofit organization founded in 2011. The City of Oldsmar provided the use of the land to the garden located inside of Bicentennial Park, with access to city water. Lowe's generously provided fencing and lumber materials with free labor for "The Big Project" that commenced on Saturday, November 17th, 2012 at 7:30 AM. On that memorable morning, volunteers from the garden and the community pitched in to build the fence that surrounds the Oldsmar Organic Community Garden along with beginning the constructions of 43 wooden raised garden beds.
In 2014, Chris Gardner installed our very first tool shed and planted Florida friendly plants surrounding the structure for his "Eagle Scout Project". The walkway leading to the toolshed soon followed. The OOCG also established its 501c3 non-profit status in 2014, and we've been growing ever since.
2019 brought the addition of a greenhouse, bio-digester, compost system, shaded educational area, native pollinator garden, a micro food forest, the Beaverland Butterfly Garden, and The Janice Miler Medicinal Garden.
Presently, for added support, and the opportunity for all members to "Experience Oldsmar", the OOCG has partnered with the City of Oldsmar. We have replaced and built 40 new composite raised beds, installed a drip irrigation system, placed 10 rain barrels on the property to conserve on water usage, and we continue on our journey to reach out to the community and local schools for those interested in learning more about organic gardening.