A World Garden here in Minnesota: Introducing “Neighbor Garden”

Our Gardeners at the Ground-Breaking Day

From the archives: May 9, 2011

It was a cold day to be gardening (in the lower 30s) but we are happy to report that eight families came out to dig their garden plots! At one point as we all were digging our plots it lightly started to snow! We joked with the families that only in MN would people garden when it is snowing.

During the day, families worked together to shovel, dig, and rake out their own garden plots as well as their neighbors. Young and old alike came out for the day, and in the end we had about twenty people working in the garden. We first started out by measuring and marking out our plot sizes. Families either picked 10ft x 22ft or 5ft x 10ft plot sizes for this growing year. Later in the day we also distributed vegetable and herb seeds to the families, although it was still cold to plant anything just yet, so later we will be joining the families again for a seed planting day.

For a while during the day, I worked with the families’ children to name and create a garden sign. There

The Families Almost Done with Two Garden Plots

were lots of good ideas for the name from the kids. Some names offered were “World Garden,” “Diverse Garden,” and “Team Garden.” In the end though it was agreed upon that “Neighbor Garden” was the best name because everyone who worked together in the garden lived together as neighbors in the apartment complex.

The highlight of the day for me was to see all these families come together and work on the garden. In a way, as I was working a long side the families, I was reflecting how this community garden was a world garden because we have families who originally are from countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and here in America. It reminded me of how community gardens are just one way to bring people together to work side by side to create something transformative-both in terms of growing food from seeds in the soil, and through the relationships created among neighbors.

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