With my mind focused on working in the dirt rather than walking through the snow, I thought I’d give a shoutout to some inspiring banter on one of the Yahoo! Group message boards from a couple months back. A few neighborhood residents have transformed the tree boxes and otherwise barren plots of land at Scott Montgomery Elementary (at 421 P Street) into beautiful flowering gardens for the community—and for the school kids—to enjoy. Working with neighbors, friends, the school and others, these great citizens have purchased and installed iron treeboxes, tirelessly weeded and mulched, planted flowers and plants, and taken care of these areas since
Before our Neighbors' Intervention:
After our Neighbors' Intervention:
What great neighbors! I'm now on a mission to find a little plot of public land near me needing a little neighborly TLC. Anyone near Shiloh interested in joining in?
*The Seventh Street Garden is a community food garden wherein low income residents learn to grow, utilize and market local, seasonal and affordable produce will greatly contribute to food security and economic opportunity in this community. It seeks to educate and engage youth and adults, instill a sense of neighborhood pride where ideas can flourish, senses will be engaged, defenses will be disarmed and multi-disciplinary educational opportunities will abound. Volunteers are needed.
PHOTO CREDIT: Photos of Fifteenwren on Flickr, available here