Growing gardens, grows communities
by guest blogger Kim Schmid
As I walk around the city, it’s hard not to notice the urban agriculture boom happening here. Pots of tomatoes, peppers, and basil grow happily in many a front yard. I’ve even seen corn growing in front of my neighbor’s house.That’s right, corn. In Somerville! Such a sight is so fantastic, that you just might need to stop, introduce yourself to that neighbor and let him know that his garden makes you happy.
As I notice all this wonderful growth, I find myself thinking not just about how these vegetables nourish the people growing them, but about how a tended and well-cared for space feeeeelllss better and brings together the people living there. Growing gardens, grows communities.
Here’s a sampling of the before/after pics I have seen while exploring Somerville. What spaces have you seen transformed? What is the story behind that transformation? Who have you met along the way?
Kim Schmidt is the program coordinator for the Somerville Urban Ag Ambassador program- a joint project between the City of Somerville and Green City Growers. She is also the volunteer coordinator for the Somerville Community Growing Center.