While having lunch with my sweet friend Caitlin last week, she mentioned getting involved with Go Green Meridian. It seemed like fate when a few days later we met Craig from Go Green at the farmer's market who told us to come check out the working hours on Wednesday.
Go Green Meridian is a club that "gather to talk about the ongoing sustainability initiatives in Meridian and how we can better serve our community." More specifically, they are the organization that founded Love and Peas Community Garden, located behind Cater's Market. The community garden is designed to support the local community in a couple of ways. First, it is run by volunteers -avid gardeners to clueless but interested people like us - and encourages people to embrace the idea of "growing your own". Second, a major portion of the produce grown in the community garden is donated to LOVE's Kitchen, providing local, fresh produce to the community in need. Finally, schools and organizations bring their kids to the garden to learn about living sustainably and eating locally.
Rob and I showed up on Wednesday, not sure at all what to expect. We were put right to work - picking collard greens and bagging them for LOVE's kitchen. We ended up sending two giant bags full of collard greens to the kitchen. Next up was a little weeding to prepare for the next session of planting. We ended our working session with planting some tomatoes. I'm excited to see how these grow throughout the season (and how they compare to our tomato plants at home!) It was fun to get involved in the community, get our hands dirty, and learn a little more about gardening.
Working hours from the Love and Peas Community Garden are 4-5 on Wednesday evenings and 9:30-10:30 on Saturday mornings. Everyone is welcome, simply show up with a positive attitude and a willingness to work! I am so excited to make it back to more working sessions and see how the garden progresses in the summer!