The Groundbreaking Groundbreaking
When we lived on my family farm in southern Indiana, my husband planted an enormous garden. He worked like crazy in it, every spare moment that he had. He grew vegetables and flowers and sold them at a local farmers market every week. He was remarkably good at it. He did it all by himself. I couldn’t even be any help to him because at the time I was taking care of two two-year-olds and a baby. People loved his produce and sought him out at the market every week.
When we moved to Florida Mike took on a much busier job. We have bounced around the state for the past several years, always renting our homes, because we knew we might have to transfer to a different city. Last year we finally settled in Central Florida and bought our first home. We are in love with our neighborhood; it is a wonderful place to live. About seven months ago my husband decided that we needed a community garden. He got it moving, got our HOA to approve the idea, and today our group got out there and started digging.
Gated communities in Central Florida are not the sort of place where people imagine they might find a community garden. At first we were a little surprised that everything was moving along so smoothly. I don’t underestimate my husband’s ability do get things done. He is amazing…it’s just that it all came together so nicely, it was a truly pleasant surprise. When I started to think about it, why on earth wouldn’t our neighborhood board want a community garden here? If you were house hunting, and one of the homes that you toured was in a gated community with a community garden…would that be an amenity you would like to have? I think that a lot of people would.
Today was excellent. We had adults and kids working together to dig and build. It was hot today. We all got a heck of a workout. We really accomplished a lot though, and I believe that our entire group went home feeling seriously inspired. We are all on schedule to get seedlings started this winter to be planted in the garden come spring. My children met new friends in the neighborhood today. I made new friends that I had not yet met. I enjoy our neighbors immensely, the interest in growing this garden has brought countless blessings into our lives already…and we haven’t even grown one vegetable yet.
Community gardening is a powerful way to change society for the better. Check out this outstanding story about how one man already has: http://www.ted.com/talks/stephen_ritz_a_teacher_growing_green_in_the_south_bronx.html