Posted on 14 May 2009 by

Sowing The Seeds: A Community Garden Is Born

community-garden2Michael Nolan

As gardeners we are used to putting our hands in the dirt.

Whether we are tilling up part of our suburban yards or stocking up on containers for this year’s urban garden on the patio, we understand the feeling of calm that comes with nurturing a seed and the sense of accomplishment that comes from seeing that seed bear fruit.

When I moved from Birmingham, Alabama into a neighborhood in suburban Atlanta last month I joined a community in transition.

When I began working on the process of starting the first community garden here I began to realize that transition was being mirrored in me.

And so it goes that along with the help of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and a few willing volunteers, we will soon break ground on the Riverside Community Garden in a vacant lot that happens to be situated right across the street from my new home where I will be able to sit at my desk, look out the window and see this new urban community garden thrive right in front of me.

I look forward to the realization of my future goal of working in the community garden with underprivileged youth from the area in the hope that the work they do here will help them to grow along with the seeds they are sowing.

It is my sincere desire that this new community garden in the ‘upper west side’ of Atlanta will foster a new sense of hope and prosperity not just within the hearts of the people in this small and diverse neighborhood but beyond its borders as well. While many of these people have never gardened before they are nonetheless excited about the prospect of having the chance to learn in the communal and nurturing environment of a small community garden and to me that is the perfect way to begin.

The truth is that in the long run what we do for our gardens has far less of an impact than what our gardens do for us.

2 Responses to “Sowing The Seeds: A Community Garden Is Born”

  1. Cindy Says:

    Michael, this is a wonderful story! Congratulations, your hard work will make such a difference in the lives of those you work with.

  2. joannah Says:

    Was wondering what part of the city you live in. I want to start this in my neighborhood and its similar to yours.

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