And so we put the call out for wheelbarrows and tools, and people brought them, and more than 30 people who had been standing on line for hours to wait for the food pantry doors to open came over and helped.
In about an hour, the entire garden was remulched. We built two lasagna garden rows that will "cook" for a couple of months and be ready for potato planting in February. Fresh greens to fill holiday bowls were harvested. And dads and moms and children all had a hand in working together to make a positive difference. Keep this in mind with your community garden. There is always someone who not only wants to, but needs to "water on Wednesdays." There is always someone who will feel better about him or herself because they got the chance to help. And you never know when a voice will burst out in glorious song (as it did Wednesday) when a group of boys were asked what their reward was for helping and were told to heed the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: "The reward for a thing well done is to have done it."
If you want to grow for those in need in your community, please feel free to email me if you think I can offer you any suggestions, encouragement, or connections. See here for more tips.
And ask yourself today, as I will every day now: What will you "have done" when today is done? It doesn't have to be grand. In fact, the simpler, the better.
You can build knowledge.
You can build memories.
You can build health.
What will you build today?