A big thanks goes out to neighbors Nick, Patty, Beth and Cesar. Along with John and myself, a big chunk of the garden was built in two days! We know everyone is busy with back to school and, on those particular days, squeezing out those last drops of summer, but I can’t say it wasn’t a little discouraging to have so few volunteers to help. I think I have been guilty, over the past two years, of presenting such a positive spin on the progress of the garden that people think we don’t need help. The need for help has always been there. It’s not about needing laborers, it’s about knowing the place is desired and supported by the neighborhood it was founded for. Helping out can be an hour or a day. It can be picking weeds, deadheading or clearing garbage at the sidewalk at any time. Helping out can be dropping by when the gate is open, looking in, checking it out. It can be helping to plan a community festival that celebrates more than four years of work to get the place off the ground…
We have just a few more chances for you to come out and support your neighborhood garden this season. There will be work parties on the last Friday and Saturday of September (25th and 26th from 10-2). These will likely involve some planting, deadheading, weeding and light construction in preparation for the Fall Fest.
Now here is an enjoyable way that you can really help out: COME AND ENJOY THE FALL FEST! October 24th from 4-8 pm. This is the yearly event where all neighbors are invited to come in and celebrate the garden. We do need volunteers to help plan the event. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can organize a part of the fun. We’d like to have games (a pinata), decorations, food, live music (acoustic, probably), a costume and carved pumpkin contest and door prizes.
For now, I’ll leave you with some pictures of the recent work including 10 new beds and a new cistern which is catching all this rain. I hope to hear from you and see you soon.