What a great idea & goal. Excellent things from others here too.
I live in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. This is the section many of you may remembered that drown in Hurricane Katrina. I also live an senior apt building with 35 units.
We are surrounded by 6 empty lots, ONE abandoned house ready to implode & 2 completely refurbished single family homes.
I approached the owners about allowing one of the empty lots to put in a sustainable garden to be shared & maintained by the seniors in this building. 90% are ambulatory & to some degree capable of working in a garden. I can guarantee you most are bored to death spending most of the time watching TV,smoking,gossiping, etc.
I had also proposed using the arts & artists to make the garden beautiful using retrieved items & working them throughout the garden. There are NO parks in this area.
And also having culinary artists to show tasty healthy meals from the garden to the dinner plate.
Purely all volunteers,would not cost them a penny & adding some beauty here.
I got turned down flat.
I'm going to still do it, just not on this block although I will attempt to contact one if the owners of one of the empty lots that the owners of this building do not own. So much is tossed out that is easy to re-purpose & why can it not be beautiful AND healthy?
"Don't be afraid to be grown"~Jada Pinkett Smith
"3 things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon & the truth"~ Unknown
"Misery may love company but failure needs validation"~Greg Gross
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