It’s been on my mind for a while to start a community garden ever since I moved into my new neighborhood a year and some months ago. I’m not sure exactly why this became such a huge desire in my soul, but I’m still trying to make it happen. I’ve been scouring the internet to find ways to help fund this very large endeavor, and I’ve kept Mr. Houseful up at night talking about my hopes and dreams for our neighborhood.
I’m sure that a part of this was sparked by my participation in the Illinois Farm Families program back in 2013. Seeing families create lives for themselves based on what they grew or raised was an amazing experience for me. I’ve always wanted to grow a humble garden. I remember my days in grammar school after reading The Secret Garden and wishing so hard that we had a “bit of earth” to grow tomatoes and watermelon and cucumbers and every other imaginable topping for a salad and beyond. I wanted to sink my hands into pitch-black soil and walk away smelling like I made a difference.
Hopefully this year, I will get a chance. I’m looking to expand from just my #backyardgarden into one of three lots giving to me my alderman. I want to expound on the mission that Habitat for Humanity has put forth and continue to pull the community together.
It’s going to take a ton of hard work to start a community garden. Many hours of effort, and maybe even some crying. I’m pretty sure that there will be some crying. Crying that no one cares about it as much as I do, or that I’m doing all of the work. But a part of me knows that this is just a mechanism to protect myself in case that does happen. Even though I know that more than likely, I will have more involvement than I know what to do with.
So, today, I sit and scour the web for grants to apply to, and for in-kind help that we can get to help see the vision of our neighborhood come to life. So for my friends who are reading this, suggestions? Help? Good thoughts and prayers?
Start A Community Garden
Give me your best tips in the comment section below, and I’ll make sure to keep you updated on our progress.