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    I'm going to use this thread to post info on my new community garden project.

    I'm about to start planning and organizing a community garden on a 1 acre lot adjacent to my church's new community center (where they will be teaching literacy, tutoring, hosting bible studies and other community events). I'm very excited to see the impact the garden and community center has on the neighborhood. It is a low income neighborhood in a decent sized city with a number of problems... domestic disputes, drugs, violence you name it. There are also quite a few strong families despite these issues several of which attend my church. So there will be plenty of challenges, but plenty of rewarding opportunities.

    I'll try to post pictures of garden development here and discuss both practical gardening issues as well as philosophical, theological, social, and public policy issues that pertain to the project.

    I'm sure I'll also be seeking plenty of advice as I'm a novice gardener. Despite my great ambition for the project (I can already imagine an integrated self-sustaining (mostly) garden with chickens and aquaponic system) I will start small by reviving the neglected flower bed that is already there and doing a couple of small raised beds of vegetables maybe taking up a third of the space this year.

    Any questions and comments are welcome!
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    Cool I started one next to my church a couple years ago but then the church burned down

    Hopefully yours has better results!!!
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    First garden event was a success!!!

    The garden had been neglected all year. A team of about 15-20 adults and 10 kids under 10 worked hard for three hours to get ready for the winter and next spring.

    What we got done:

    - gathered garbage
    - raked leaves
    - mowed
    - trimmed tree
    - cut back bushes
    - weeded
    - fast-tracked composting by putting all organic material through a wood chipper
    - aerated soil
    - put down mulch across entire flower garden

    We just cleaned up what was already there. Next spring we'll add some raised vegetable beds and re-landscape the flower garden. I'm Hoping to add more permanent fixtures to the garden like some benches and a stone or walkway.

    I have to work a bit on my leadership skills in executing a work project, but this was a good experience. It didn't go as badly as I feared despite the fact that I know nothing about gardening.

    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Cool I started one next to my church a couple years ago but then the church burned down

    Hopefully yours has better results!!!
    I hope so too!!!



    Pictures to follow soon I hope!
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    Cool cool Beefeater. Sounds like lots of fun
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    I'm curious as to how you are going to 'measure' this impact on the community?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catbert View Post
    I'm curious as to how you are going to 'measure' this impact on the community?
    Why would I want to measure the impact?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefeater View Post
    Why would I want to measure the impact?
    Well if you just want to imagine the impact, then you wouldn't need to do the project in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catbert View Post
    Well if you just want to imagine the impact, then you wouldn't need to do the project in the first place.
    This is not a results driven project. You don't need results to justify the existence of a garden because they are inherently good and beautiful. While I'm excited to SEE the impact on the community (and I can see it in immeasurable ways like the smile of an old man or the laughter of a child) It is not the impact that determines the worthiness of the project. The whole purpose of the project is to demonstrate the worthiness of doing things simply because they are good and beautiful.

    The community in which the garden is being planted operates on a combination of hedonism, utilitaritarianism, relativism, nihilism, and existentialism. Most folks in that community are thinking about how they can get happiness as quickly and efficiently as possible without regard for what is good, beautiful, and true. This results in drug abuse, prostitution, physical and sexual abuse, fatherless homes, and violence. The garden will stand as a monument to virtue in the midst of all this.
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    As promised here are some pics!









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    Only the first pic is displaying for me but it is very cute!
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