I took this picture last year. It is one of many community gardens that are “sprouting up” in the Olympia area. This one is on an acre that was donated by a neighborhood church. Since the time I took that picture the garden has literally doubled in size, and on nice days the entire neighborhood is there working and then sharing in the bounty during harvest season.
Then there is our garden. We will finally be planting this weekend. Beans and peas will be climbing that chainlink fence that you see in the picture, and each raised bed will have its own veggie in it. The large natural bed is just for potatoes, and around the perimeter we will have pumpkins and squash….and the big table you see if a lettuce bench where we will grow our lettuce up away from slugs.
Simple Living! I don’t know if I mentioned it, but my original family is from Iowa. I remember visiting them all and working on the corn farm when I was no more than about seven or eight. Corn so high I could barely see the sky, and neighbors outside in the evening, sitting on their porches, visiting and sharing and helping one another.
I may not be able to go back in time, but I can certainly be the instrument of change and help bring back some of that neighborly spirit that is missing in this country.