Thursday, April 25, 2013

First steps

Welcome to the Neighborhood Garden!

Currently in the planning stages this will be a vegetable garden located at the corner of W 17th St and S Lake Ave on the Sanford campus.  It will be created and maintained by volunteer community members and the produce harvested will be for anyone who would like it.

Thankfully it seems like spring has finally arrived and we can start getting ready for planting.  We are still in the process of recruiting people to help with this endeavor, from planning and gathering supplies to the actual manual labor.  Anyone with gardening experience who would like to share their wisdom would be particularly helpful in these beginning stages.

Of note, it was quite inspiring to hear Lisa Taylor, a proponent of urban agriculture from Seattle, give a lecture on how gardening can save the world.  Maybe a bit ambitious topic, but her point was that when you start growing food where people can see it the garden becomes a place to meet people and form relationships.  These connections, in turn, are ultimately the most important variable of success in the event of a disaster.  She's a great speaker and shared a wealth of information, we were lucky to have her come to town and a big thanks to the Sioux Falls Green Project for bringing her to town.

Please follow along for each step of this exciting project.  If you would like to be involved just give a shout, we would love to have you.  No gardening experience is necessary, and children are encouraged to help out too.  If you don't want to get your hands dirty, but still want to have a part, feel free to contact us as well and we will find a way to put your talents to use.

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