Our garden is a flower and vegetable garden in the middle of a food desert. Several volunteer groups have worked alongside the residents living around the garden site, but one of the best projects to happen this year is a small food bank. A box was placed in the garden and it is stocked with non-perishable food items on varying days and times. Neighbors can stop by and take items they need. We are proud to note that there has been no trash or any other signs of disrespect and abuse arising from this.
What challenges did or does your project face?
Challenges were few this season thanks to funding from Seedmoney and plentiful rain. Individuals in this high-crime/high-poverty community continue to mow, weed, and care for their garden.
How are you working to overcome them?
We continue to organize and support volunteer groups wishing to donate time, talent, and supplies for the Allendale Garden of Hope and Love.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
When a garden is dedicated to and "owned" by community residents it is cared for by them.