I had to walk down to the East end of Main Street today and see what exactly was going on over there. I had heard that the lot between the building in front of the dummy light and the apartment building on the corner of Main & Verplanck was being transformed into a community garden.
The garden is a collaborative project between 6 residents of the apartment building next to the lot. They wanted to create a sustainable model that other neighborhoods in the community could duplicate, as well as enjoy the satisfaction that comes with growing your own food. The owner of the lot, who didn't have immediate plans for developing the space, was apparently very supportive of allowing the residents to clean up the area and create a garden.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Justin, significant other of Nicole Mora of Seed to Fruit, and participant in the pilot project. He was just shoveling the soil (compliments of the transfer station) into the raised beds when I strolled by.
He said each member pitched in $150 for materials to get the garden going (fence, chickenwire, lumber, etc) and for their share of the bounty. They'll all pitch in with tending and watering.
This is a really exciting model that I hope will catch on. For all of you who actually live there and are working on this project, please chime in! I'd love to hear more about how you organized it, and the logistics of how it will be managed.