This past week, I heard a great program on a local radio station. The host was interviewing a local council member, who started a community garden in our area. They were asking people to volunteer to assist with the maintenance of the community plots.
Now, I am not a gardener, but I have a dream to be a gardener – one day. Well, realizing that there is no time like the present, I decided to make that dream a reality. I somehow convinced my husband to get up at 7:30 on a Saturday morning, and, with me and the kids, drive to the local garden and lend a hand. What a great man I am married to!
We got the kids excited it about it the night before by taking them to our local home and garden store and buying everyone garden gloves. They loved it!
When we arrived Saturday morning, we found volunteers busy all over the garden. They were working on weeding, composting, turning dirt and more. After introducing ourselves, we were led to some beds, handed a couple of garden tools and set to work digging up weeds. What a great job for kids. Tearing things up! And playing in dirt!
We have looked for volunteer opportunities that we could include our two young children in and this was ideal. The day we volunteered was crisp and clear. The smell of the dirt was fresh.
The best part was that we were able to volunteer on the “community beds”. Now, if you already know about community gardens, tune out now. For those of you that don’t, here’s what we learned about our local garden. There are plots you can lease and you can plant whatever you want in them. Then, there are plots that are for the community. If you are leasing a plot, part of your lease is to assist with maintaining the community plots, too. If you don’t have your own leased plot, you can volunteer to help with the community plots. The food grown in these beds is harvested and given to local community organizations. How great is that!
So, if your family is busy like ours and not ready to take on the ongoing responsibility of your own plot, you can help out with the community plots. Love it!
Do you have a local, community garden? Have you gotten involved?
God Bless You on your walk!