I usually end each Ann Kelly’s Kitchen blog with a quote, but this is one I want to lead with. It comes from Anne Raver and it really speaks to the mission of the University Area Community Development Corporation and their work with the Harvest Hope Park Community Garden – “Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community. When people plant corn they are saying, let’s stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another.”
Community gardens are growing in popularity and Harvest Hope is a great example. I stopped by when I was up in the area a few weeks ago and it’s exciting to see what seeds of growth they are sowing. It starts with the garden but so much more is planned to bring a sense of pride to the area and a means for residents to learn more about gardening, and taking that knowledge home to feed themselves.
Sarah Combs in the CEO of the CDC and we caught up with each other to talk about her work and the hope of the CDC for more projects. It’s an exciting idea to start with the garden, expand into cooking classes and more. I’ll be back to see what the new crop will bring soon. For now, catch up with Sarah here, and to see what the future will bring, take a look on their web site.