A Cherry Tree to honor Ron McBee, “The Mayor of Southwest”

ImageOn Saturday November 9th at 2pm, the Southwest Gardens Community gathered with Southwest community leaders and friends to plant a cherry tree to honor the passing of a “The Mayor of Southwest,” Ron McBee. Ron served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Southwest from 2007 until the time of his death in Autumn 2013.

Ron was instrumental in managing the July 31, 2013 realization of SW Community Gardens. Once Fiskars Co. awarded the Project Orange Thumb grant in early 2013, Ron advanced the process of lining up arduous land-preparation tasks and wrangling permits from relevant city government agencies.

Ron is also fondly remembered as an advocate for our neighboring Amidon-Bowen Elementary School and Jefferson Middle School. Education was a cause close to Ron’s heart and Ron understood the educational and community-building role of public resource like the Southwest Community Gardens.

Ron McBee, 1945-2013

Ron McBee, 1945-2013

Photos courtesy of Saadia Athias

Autumn Meet & Greet – November 2

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Southwest Community Gardeners gathered Saturday afternoon November 2nd for the first Meet & Greet event, an opportunity for plot assignees to introduce themselves to one another. By-Laws were voted upon and updated. A new Secretary was elected: Jessica Henson Cagley. Coy and Sylvia gave us an update on the 10 community plots, which feature brand new steel framed signage.

Following introductions, topics discussed included:

  • first discussion about potential rules about minor construction or minor modifications to cedar beds
  • reminder that we’re an organic-only garden
  • ideas for more workshops: potato bucket construction and composting.
  • hosting a Spring Meet & Greet

Following the discussion, meet & greet attendees raked leaves inside the garden and local youths joined to rake leaves at the immediate garden periphery.

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