👏🏾 The 2023 Garden Season Has Begun! 🥳
Thank you to everyone who came out and helped open the garden for its 10th year (we even had a visit from Ward 6 Council member, Charles Allen)! Special thanks to Desiree, John, Barbara, Kelley, both of the Jessicas, Leysha and Sarah for volunteering for special assignments to make the day fun and successful.
Now that the kick-off is behind us, our regular work day schedule will begin. Starting this Wednesday, May 3rd, every Wednesday between 6-7pm, and Sunday 4-6pm, we’ll be in the garden (unless there’s inclement weather). We’ll need your assistance for upkeep, spreading wood chips, and little projects that pop up along the way, so join us!
🙌🏾 Our Garden of Gratitude 🌱
After reading Robin Wall Kimmerer’s, Braiding Sweetgrass, somegarden farmhands have been moved to bring some of the teachings and perspectives from the book into the garden, in particular, promoting an ethos of abundance, gifting, and gratitude.
For those that were not at the kick-off, SW Community Gardens President, Pamela McKinney, shared a quote from Kimmerer and some of her thoughts on the topic:
[Quoting Kimmerer] “When we speak of these (nature, abundance) not as things or products or commodities, but as gifts, the whole relationship changes.” Gratitude is so much more than a polite “thank you.” It is the thread that connects us in a deep relationship, simultaneously physical and spiritual, as our bodies are fed and spirits nourished by the sense of belonging, which is the most vital of foods. Gratitudes creates a sense of abundance, the knowing that you have what you need.
What will we give this garden in return? Today is a day where we show our thanks through our actions — weeding, planting, painting, sharings tools, soil, water, and later a meal with each other. So we thank you for your gift of time and hope you will think of this space as your own and come back after today to see how your gifts have lead to an abundance for your community, including the pesky squirrels.✌🏾