My husband teases that if there’s a community garden anywhere in the country, I’ll find it.
I can’t deny that it certainly seems that way but I think Community Gardens find me!
Yesterday morning, we brought our bikes to the Lake Worth, Florida and rode in a beachside historic district known for its very sweet and petite cottages. The entire neighborhood is one charming little house after another, some with pretty gardens, picket fences or sculptural banyan trees.
While we were exploring, I spotted a community garden buzzing with activity. It’s planting time in zone 10 and the gardeners and helpers were busy in this revitalized garden located across the street from a school.
Lori Vincent, Managing Director of Aurora’s Voice, which provides opportunities for underserved youth, is lending support to the project which they hope will provide job training, business experience and give students hands-on gardening time to grow nourishing food.
Vincent, who has gotten other community gardens off the ground, said there is a real need in this community where 85% of public school students live below the poverty line.
Of course I shared information with them about the online resources for starting and organizing community gardens at the American Community Gardening Association website.
The new school garden is looking for volunteers and supporters. Jason Clements, head gardener, has many good ideas and if anyone in the area wants to lend their support, this would be a great place to be hands on.
You can get in touch with the garden organizers by emailing: Lori@aurorasvoice.org