|Cityview Community Garden grows more than food|
By Anna Dvorak, CamdenNews.org, April 4, 2004
McKinley Community members are starting a community garden this spring. The project is an exciting partnership between Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Cityview School and the McKinley Community. The new community garden will be permanently located and maintained on a corner of Cityview School grounds where the site can be viewed from the school cafeteria, and it will share a border with Perkins Hill Park.
This community garden will not only improve the looks of the school grounds and neighborhood, it will also give school children a chance to experience connections with the food that is grown to what they find on their tables. The garden will also give community members a way to reach out to under-represented immigrant families through a common interest, and the neighborhood will benefit from the increased positive presence on the school grounds and adjacent park area.
One of the primary goals of the community garden is to create a common point for strengthening community input and involvement The garden will have the expected vegetable gardening plots, in raised bed form, available to the public for a small yearly rental fee. In addition it will be the home for classroom gardens for school children, for several test and comparison gardens of statewide interest, and for hosting various community functions. One of the most important functions of the garden would be to inspire and catalyze community members into improving the community as a whole.
Community gardens create positive change and spark new ideas. Along with some hard work, all it really takes are shovels, dirt, and some seeds or plants. But along with dirt and shovels come plans for a safer neighborhood, an outdoor space for learning and growing, and a nexus for community organizing. We invite members of the entire Northside community to join us at Cityview Community School or to learn more about community gardening in their own neighborhoods. Contact Perry Post and Anna Dvorak Community gardeners and organizers at email@example.com.