The City Farm Initiative is moving along.
Slowly, Surely, One Plat, One Binder at a Time: Choking Out Jim Crow and the Restoration of Hunter Hills Cultural Legacy. This is a visionary quest. Our job is to transform blight into light. This is our pledge.
Here is the latest update on the property rehabilitation process.
We have been on a beautification bend. My inspiration started with a lone tiger lily, then accelerated after I attended an excellent Farm Camp workshop, into a full out beautification effort. But first more about Farm Camp.
June 11- 15, 2015 I traveled to Milwaukee to attend a highly recommended Farm Camp workshop. This was an extremely productive trip. Spur of the moment, flew into Chicago Midway via bargain rate on Southwest Airlines. Took the Amtrak Hiawatha line to Milwaukee. Met the most amazing FOLK in Milwaukee, and learned tons about the aquaponic growing methods, the urban farm movement and playback theatre techniques. And of course, the peace de resistance was the chance to listen to Will Allen and observe the Growing Power operational model in action and its influence on the Milwaukee Wisconsin, food marketplace.
Since the beginning of Growing Power in 1993, Will Allen and family has successfully found a way to naturally growth fresh food and fish, that provides the local region access to fresh locally grown food for 12 months of the year. Think about that. Wisconsin is cold 8 to 9 months annually, in this small section of the United States, an inner city food desert was eliminated, through the growing power operational model.
My participation in Farm Camp was exactly the inspiration that was need for us to begin the beautification process. The task was arduous, the ground was hard and the sun was hot. I heard that the term for our labor is called, breaking new ground. This is the process of working wild land and attempting to tame it, by creating order, with the use of ornamental horticulture to establish an appealing visual landscape where there was not one before.
Greatest thanks to the South Fulton Youth Landscaping Team, their willingness, attention and strength were the fuel that transformed our dream into a reality. We up cycled old tires, reused fallen tree limbs and old floorboards. Bought discounted plants on Saturday morning at a local big box hardware store and foraged in our favorite Goddess Garden to acquire the plantings. We stacked the stones found along the process an decorated the stone wall ledge with the new refurbished Earthscape Sculptures. Working with what we had, over the course of four weeks we have transformed a formally blighted lot into a visually appealing landscape.
The neighbors and community in our corner of Hunter Hills have been supportive and encouraging. It seems that we could not have been gifted a better place to develop, the City Farm Initiative. We are honored to work and serve in the spirit that originally developed the proud legacy our community.