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January 16th

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With the 25 citrus trees we planted last Spring and the 50 fruit trees we planted yesterday, our community garden is starting to resemble an orchard.

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(That’s Thelma’s date palm! Every time I see it, I smile.)

We had more than 40 volunteers come to the garden to help yesterday morning. Refugees, high school students, retired master gardeners, church members and Sydney — the superpooch. (I’m watching Syd for the weekend. He’s fun to photograph and I have a feeling you’ll be seeing him in a lot of my posts for the next couple of weeks.)

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(Proof I don’t just boss people around. I worked! Although there was a good bit of bossing too..)

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I cannot belive how rich my life is with community. There is no way I could have ever dreamed I would be a part of such a great group of people. It simply tickles me pink to think one day soon, hungry families in our neighborhood will have fresh fruit thanks to land donated by the church, trees donated by friends and planted by volunteers, and good old reliable Arizona sunshine.

Something magical is happening in this garden. We are planting hope. Miracles will bloom.

~K

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13 Responses

  1. goldenstar January 16, 2010

    Sidney is really cute but looks like he’s taking a big ole yawn in the group photo. Your community is truly sowing what they reap.

    Congratulations!

  2. Congrats! Awesome work!

  3. Every time I read a post about your community garden it brings me a huge smile. Thank you for that.

  4. great community project! and sydney is the cutest ever:) ok, i am biased. thanks again for watching him!

  5. Yeah for bossiness!

  6. Ann Schweers January 17, 2010

    Kelli, You’ve done such an awesome job with the garden and you are an incredibly awesome part of our Asbury community! Hugs!

  7. Looks like fun and Syd is super cute. 🙂 Looks like he had a fun day too. 🙂 (Now I am going to want to take Rio to any community gardening I do. lol)

  8. Love your last line.

  9. This is just simply beautiful Kelli!

  10. Ah that’s where Sydney came from (that’s my cat’s name too :o))

    I love your community garden! How did you go about starting it up?

  11. Jeff Adams March 9, 2010

    Came across this site via Phx Permaculture Guild, where I am also a member & Tempe resident. Was curious where you had all the trees planted that Greg Peterson apparently donated. Is this in Tempe ?? Great work–please tell me more…I see now you also have a fascination for the African culture. I share your fascination ! I have a large, custom aquarium I built where I have housed African cichlids for 20plus years. Let me also recommend 2 things (Just “in case” you are not familiar) that you may have an interest in. “In Search of Remarkable Trees: On Safari in Southern Africa” is one of my favorite color texts. It is an amazing book. I also get a huge number of rare African plants from http://www.anniesannuals.com . Check it out ! This is NOT just an annual site–I have bought nearly a hundred rare African plants from here over the years–one of her specialties…Enjoy ! 🙂 -Jeff

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