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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 work training 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 CSA

Hattie’s Gardens offers community supported agriculture (CSA) shares. A 22-week Hattie Gardens CSA share is a great way to enjoy the healthy and delicious benefits of local, sustainable vegetables and support Northeast Ohio farmers and people with developmental disabilities. Hattie's Gardens CSA pick up is at Old Trail School and the Akron Zoo garden locations. Good food grows at Hattie's Gardens.

Hattie's Gardens Certified Organic

Hattie’s Gardens at the Akron Zoo 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 Vegetables

  • 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

The sustainable produce is also grown for use at Hattie’s Cafés & Gifts. 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.

Zac Rheinberger

Zac Rheinberger

Director of Food Operations


Hattie's Food Hub
395 Douglas Street
Akron, Ohio 44307

Hattie's Gardens Locations

Hattie's Gardens
Akron Zoo
389 Edgewood Avenue
Akron, Ohio 44307 (map)

Hattie's Gardens
Old Trail School
2315 Ira Road
Akron, Ohio 44333 (map)

Hattie's Gardens and the Akron Zoo, the Green Partnership
Hattie's Gardens USDA organic Hattie's Gardens OEFFA organic