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Our mission is to enhance the community through gardening and landscaping, public and private; and to promote horticultural education.

14th Annual "Spring Fever" Home Gardening Symposium

This annual event is held the first Saturday in March at the Ohio University Zanesville Campus in the Campus Center.  The event features nationally known speakers and educators on such topics as container gardening, vegetable gardening, organic gardening, lawn care, tree care, water gardening and much more.  A continental breakfast and full buffet lunch are included. Seating is limited so pre-register today. Pre-registration is $25.00 per person.  Registration at the door is $30.00.


Jim and Mary Competti

In 2010, seeking a way to become responsible for the food on their table and to simplify the typical life of 2 full time professionals balancing careers and a family – Jim and Mary Competti began Old World Garden Farms.

Starting from scratch, they worked together to convert an overgrown 3 acre field into a self-sustaining farm that could feed their family and their soul. Their only requirements were to build the farm using recycled materials when possible, grow their food without the use of chemicals or pesticides, and create it all without going into debt. Most important was the mantra to always have fun in the process.

They now grow nearly 75% of their own food, raise a small flock of chickens, and maintain two bee hives, a small orchard and vineyard, In the process they have used reclaimed and recycled materials to build everything from their barn, chicken coop, compost bins and more.

In early 2012, they created the website oldworldgardenfarms.com to document the entire process for others looking to do the same. The website has grown in just 4 short years to over 30,000,000 visitors and 155,000 followers from over 226 countries around the globe.

In 2016, they published their first book, Growing Simple, chronicling the trials and tribulations of creating their homestead. Their second book on Raised Row Gardening is set to hit bookstores in the spring of 2018.

In addition to their work at the farm, Mary holds a degree from The Ohio State University and works as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Jim is a graduate of Ohio Northern University and is a Marketing Director for a regional firm based out of Charlotte, North Carolina.