We thought our first blog post would be about who we are and why we’re here. But, we soon realized that time is of the essence. There is so much to talk about and so much to do. We need to get to work improving communities! You’ll be getting to know us in the coming days and months, but for those that need to know now, you can read all about us at www.homeandcommunity.org .
Spring is here, and we’re planting. It got us thinking about the ways we’re helping low-income folks create their own urban gardens via our OriginalGreen project. There are a lot of ways of knowing out there, and we work with people in at least 40 states. But, our garden is in Los Angeles, and it is decidedly different than yours in Madison or yours in Greensboro or yours in Bloomington.
So, instead of reinventing the (garden) wheel, we’re looking for ways to involve everyone in the good work of adding to our research. We know there are a lot of you out there with mad gardening skills to share. Tell us what your process is for growing in a small area like a side yard or containers. What works — maybe more importantly, what doesn’t?
If you’ve actually got a garden to show us, go to our Facebook page at OriginalGreen, become a fan and check the Discussions tab for details about sharing your images. We’re giving away free stuff for your trouble! And we’ll eventually compile the information into a national gardening resource for the low-income residents we serve.
It’s great to be here!