The title “Victory Garden” was first used during World War II when gardens became plentiful to augment food shortages. The Master Gardener Volunteers of Clark County established the “Victory Garden” in 2009 at their old gardens, the Gateway Learning Gardens. Vegetables grown include corn, potatoes, onions, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, etc. Initially MGVs produced around 500 pounds of vegetables; in 2016 nearly 7,000 pounds were raised. All vegetables are donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Springfield. It is weighed and distributed to smaller local food banks and individuals in the area. Over the years we have donated more than 30,000 pounds.
The garden is located in the Snyder Park Gardens and Arboretum right along Buck Creek about ½ mile from the bridge down the service road. In 2016 a seven foot fence was installed to keep out deer, raccoons and ground hogs. The MGVs invite anyone who might be interested in assisting in the gardening efforts to come and join our group. In addition, there are a few community garden plots available.