Spring 2020 - Love and Peas Community Garden
When the going gets tough, the tough go gardening. While that may sound like a catchy t-shirt slogan, it also happens to be the truth. During times of upheaval and uncertainty, people turn to the things they can count on for security including safe and affordable home-grown veggies.
If you look back at some of the most disruptive social and financial crises of the past hundred years each of them coincided with a spike in vegetable gardening. World World 1 and the global flu pandemic of 1918 gave rise to what were known as "War Gardens." The Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II motivated millions of people to plant "Victory Gardens." More recently, seed companies saw a spike in demand in 2008-2010 during the "Great Recession."
It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the current COVID-19 pandemic and collapse of the global economy is propagating a new victory garden movement (source: Associated Press). While home gardeners are able to work their land without any safety concerns, community gardeners and others gardening in public spaces are having to adopt new practices because of the pandemic (source: The New York Times).
It's unclear how long the current social distancing policies will remain in place and it's even less known how long it will take for us to have a COVID-19 vaccine that is safe, effective and available to all. Given all this uncertainty, it is our job as gardeners to grow as much as we can for as many as we can this year.
I'm taking the pledge to grow my most productive garden ever this year.
We are grateful for the people who have come to the garden and we will be thankful for the new group that comes. They always show up unannounced, a little shy but are always made welcome no matter their background. If you have ideas that can excite our little community garden, please reach out to us and “we hope to see you in the garden”
Annual Chunky River Float, please join us Spring 2020 for a “flora and fauna tour” of the Chunky River. The event will be guided by Gail Barton, one of the leading experts of plant life in the Southeastern US. It’s a fun day of relaxed swimming, wading, sitting in your canoe and learning about the diverse bio system of our region. Date and details to follow.
raising awareness | connecting community | living well
Go Green, Meridian is a now it's own 501-C - 3 Non-Profit!
To increase awareness, connect the community, support our local farmers and businesses, and create a more sustainable and healthy life for the people of Meridian and surrounding areas.
Our goal is to growing community around issues of sustainability by identifying sustainable initiatives, connecting those efforts, and expanding on them. We teach people to improve their quality of life through sustainable choices.
You do not need to become a member to join us! We are a self funded group, we depend on donations to fund our efforts, contact Craig Wilkes if you have any questions, 917-664-7255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.