when last i posted about the community garden, i was talking about laying down the dream, at least as it stood in my mind. i also had linked to a property that was basically an unused plot of land between two buildings that was available for lease for $1 a year. ONE WHOLE DOLLAR! you could also buy it for $500 if you really wanted to own it. there is a whole website with these kinds of properties listed. i cross posted that to my public blog (which is just like this one just without the more intimate stuff). a few hours later my phone rang and it was jared, who is my partner in justice gardens. he wanted me to make a list of properties that were do-able and check them out for real. so i took the family on an outting and one in particular jumped out to us. it is a whopping 4800 sq/ft, flat, full sun, and has the same deal as the one i had linked earlier - $1 lease for a year or purchased for $500. it is not in a great neighborhood but um isn't that (part of) the point? i told jared about it and we are going for it! i put in two calls today, one to the city of columbus about sorting out the details of our lease and another to the franklin park conservatory to speak with their growing to green coordinator. growing to green is a program that facilitates community gardens/beautification projects though in what capacity (funds? training? promotion?) i am unclear. hence the call. so it looks as if the dream is not only happening but it is happening N O W. we might buy just the first one and guerrilla the other two we were looking at, at least by way of prep work. so, year one begins soon and we are going to just lay the frame work for an agrarian approach by tending to the soil first. laying down green manure and planting probably soil healing ground cover (clover or alfalfa?) will be the first order of business as well as starting what will be a small orchard. i think that is all we are planning to do for now because it takes at least a year to prep the soil. we want this garden to be less garden and more of a model for a sustainable urban farm. im currently researching the legality of housing chickens in the city! things are looking up on that front!
GUYS! THIS IS HAPPENING!