GARDEN VISION

8 Sep

CANTELOPES

BECOMING A REALITY FOR THE COMMUNITY

By STACEY HOLZER

Three women’s vision and a passion for growing things has sparked an all new community garden worthy of our attention. Ceramist-sculptor Hana Bibliowicz a Houstonian originally from Bogata Colombia, Janis Barnard  and Ludmilla Ivanova have turned a neighborhood lot into the First Ward Community Garden.    

Initially using the soil that was already there, and some borrowed tools, the garden has begun to flourish yielding a fair crop of melons, okra, three varieties of basil, eggplant, Malabar spinach, and more.  Her love of planting was fostered by Hana’s grandmother who was a farmer, and a longing for nature in our urban environment.   A big dream has become a reality through collaboration with local restaurateur Chris Shepard of Catalan on Washington Avenue, who helped raise funds for Phase 1 of the garden with recent participation in a cooking competition.   This contribution allowed the garden to purchase 10 additional beds and supplies that will expand it even further this coming fall.    

The positive benefits of a community garden are far reaching, sustainable and have a lasting effect on the community.  Plants produce life giving oxygen impacting our environment for the better, community gardens yield organic vegetables that create healthy, flavorful eating, they provide a source of income and bring communities together to work and share.    

This is what First Ward Community Garden is all about.   All are welcome to participate either through the donation of time, or financial support for seeds, a drip system, trees, or other gardening essentials. In addition to providing a source of food for a large number of people the garden is home to creative projects that teach children the value of growing food in a sustainable, cost effective way.   As a part of Urban Harvest, the garden receives valuable support from a community of gardeners that provide information on what grows best for this region, and support from like projects that have achieved success over time.     

 Workdays combine art, clay projects for kids, and some serious garden work.  Clay as a medium is the perfect correlation as it comes from the earth and can be worked like the land formed, shaped, and processed into an idea from one’s own imagination.    Children learn that cooperation and hard work yield a bounty for all to share.   This abundant garden is harvesting support from all over the city to contribute contact Hana Bibliowicz at hbibliow@hotmail.com,   Read more about how art makes a difference in the community in the fall edition of VisualSeen at www.visualseen.net premiering Oct. 1.      

malabar spinach

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