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Saturday, May 3, 2014


This month marks the two year anniversary of the first time a group of gardeners stood on a bunch of dirt and started hatching plans. We gathered one May day on a patch of dirt and began to plot…about plots (garden plots, that is). For several months we gathered once a week to build a garden. We painted boards, then screwed them together to make planter beds. Some of us (not me!) understood irrigation systems and built one out of PVC pipes. We shoveled mountains of dirt. We guzzled water, exchanged high 5s and wiped our sweaty brows.

Two years later we are expanding the community garden. I learned about the plans a week ago and today a handful of us gathered to prime more boards. It feels like déjà vu. A patch of grass was cleared across the walkway from where our garden is. It’s a large triangle of dirt right now and if you don’t find that exciting, then we really need to talk. A triangle of dirt is potential! It is the first part of what will become more garden space for people who like to mess around in dirt, who are Do It Yourselfers, and who love to watch things grow. Eighteen new beds will be built. Some people have been on the waiting list for a long time and they’re ready to get dirty!

You’ll have to trust me on this one. It may look like a bunch of dirt right now, but really, it’s a bunch of dreams…

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