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!