It started with just a square or two but over the course of a few years it has increased to a dozen or more . At our local park there's an area of raised planter beds that have been allocated to both individuals and charities to raise their own vegetables, herbs and some flowers.
It's quite an impressive sight to see a mini-farm growing in the city. Corn, tomatoes,beans, cabbage, okra, onions, lettuce , squash and many other vegetables are lovingly tended by their growers.
A few days ago I was passing by and admiring a group planting their bed and it was a joy to see what pleasure the disabled/disadvantaged adults took in it. I can only imagine their beaming faces when they at last are able to harvest their bounty.
As a homeowner whose property taxes support my local park I must say that its a good feeling to see that its put to good use in this way.
Written by Carolyngail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago All rights reserved