The ground maybe covered in snow, but spring is just around the corner and it’s time to starting planning for this year’s Go Love Indy Westside Community Garden.
The project is on the site of the former Bridgeport Elementary School on West Washington Street. Participants can “rent” a 20x30-foot plot for $20 a season to grow their own gardens.
Kelly Barber is on the Go Love Indy Westside Community Garden Leadership Team.
“A lot of people don’t have space at home for a garden,” Barber said. “They can come and grow vegetables and have enough to can or freeze and have food throughout the year. You can save hundreds of dollars growing your own food.”
The garden started as a community service project. Members of the Chapel Rock Christian Church have a goal to “Go Love Indy.”
“We just came up with the idea for a garden,” Barber said. “This is our third year for the community garden. The first year was pretty difficult because we didn’t have water (on site). You had to bring your own water.”
Last year, the program was able to tap into the water line and ad a spigot and a couple of watering hoses. Many families have planted, sweated, learned, and reaped the rewards of their labor in these gardens.
“Planting and harvesting can be therapeutic, as well as a time of reflection and appreciation as one toils in the earth, under the sun, producing fresh fruits to eat,” Barber said.
It can also be a time of fellowship and relationship building, as seasoned gardeners lend advice to rookie gardeners.
“Even seasoned gardeners have learned a few things,” Barber added.
She and her husband, Mike, wanted to plant sweet potatoes last season. While they’ve had gardens in the past, they had never grown sweet potatoes.