The garden is located in front of the Norwalk movie theater complex on the city’s north side.
Ketchum received a $1,000 award from the State of Ohio Elks with an application opportunity provided by Norwalk Elks Lodge No. 730 to pay for the construction materials and other items to be donated in association with Huron County and program coordinator Shannon Ditz.
In the spring, Ketchum presented her idea to assist with the garden project to the Norwalk Elks. She was awarded the scholarship to complete her project and built two free miniature libraries with garden boxes on the top. The Edison senior also was able to provide a storage bench, wash sink, thermometer and rain gauge through the Elks’ financial support. The items that were built and donated will allow Ketchum the opportunity to receive the highest honor in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, comparable to the Boy Scout Eagle Award.
Ketchum said she would like to bring awareness to the “Nourishing Huron County Garden” as it provides family classes and instruction on growing and sustaining healthy food choices. Each family that comes to the garden works their own area of land to plant, grow and harvest a wide variety of vegetables. The garden provides a living classroom experience for all who attend.
Ketchum, the daughter of Randi, of Huron, will graduate from Edison in June. She will pursue a degree in music therapy.