The community garden that graces the North of Broad neighborhood in the King-Lincoln District was established in 2009. In just a few years, this partnership with the Mt. Vernon AME Church has encouraged ten residents in a three-block radius to tend the garden on a regular basis. Non-profit Local Matters has been a invaluable resource in helping the garden get up and running, and their Growing Matters program is highlighted in the latest issue of Edible Columbus. There is an excerpt below, as well as a link to the entire issue.
A garden is common ground.
"Picture it: A lot that has stood vacant for years suddenly bursting with spring daffodils. As spring turns into summer, you notice more green things growing–radish tops and the tiny start of tomato plants. As summer days grow longer (and hotter), a row of corn and sunflowers grows along a chain link fence. What was once an empty lot is now a source of beauty and plenty, a meeting spot in the neighborhood."