Happy New Year - family, friends, Green Grounds supporters and diggers!
Our Dig in on Jan. 2, 2016, the ground clearing and breaking for LA Green Grounds Teaching Garden was a great way to start out the new year. We had a fantastic, enthusiastic team of folks out to transform this abandoned, hard packed, broken glass strewn dirt stretch outside of the Good Earth Community Garden, under DWP's towers. We knew the rain was coming, so everyone worked hard to clean up, break into the super hard surface, load the planting beds with compost, and then we covered every square inch with woody mulch. Can you imagine the rain being welcomed by the earth there, sheltered under mulch, and the microbes from Gordon's worm compost waking up to bring that soil back to life?
Congratulations and great thanks to Steven Meeks and Masha Calloway for doing such splendid work in setting this up, planning and organizing the day's event. They did such a fine job! Thanks to Melissa Murdick for her steady hand in getting people signed in, and then getting lunch. Thanks to Tim Easton and Jimmy Kochiyama for great work in creating the orchard site and berm. Thanks so much to the West Adams Neighborhood Council for their great support. We look forward to providing many benefits to this community. And to all of you who turned out to dig, move dirt, load up wheelbarrows, creating garden beds from a dirt empty lot - you are a magnificent crew - the Founding Crew of LA Green Grounds' Teaching Garden. We look forward to seeing you often, improving the garden bit by bit, and availing yourselves of the chance to learn more about gardening and growing food.
- Florence Nishida