About an hour ago I sent out a tweet -- which is a strange term and a concept to which I am still adjusting -- saying that I was harvesting lettuce at the Harvard and Olive Guerilla Garden. This space actually has a better name, The ROW Garden; ROW standing for Right of Way, which is fitting because this garden exists in the right of way of Harvard Ave, half a block south of Olive Way.
Looking around the garden, one can find copious amounts of ro(w)maine lettuce:
There are also broccoli and squash plants:
Radishes, beets, mustard greens, and snap peas are also growing in this formerly unused space. On that note, it is for this reason that I find the ROW Garden related to the who premise of People's Parking Lot; that is, using underutilized space for social interaction. Tending a communal garden is certainly a social activity, as is the dialogue that often arises from curious passersby. And to top it off, food is produced right here in the neighborhood.
Now one question is, what should they do with the surplus? As I understand it, they cannot legally sell it. My best idea so far is to set up a table in the People's lot, or any other lot for that matter, and give it away, sadboytacos style.
Interested in participating in this garden? Or do you live nearby, and want to help them get water to the site? Send me an email and I'll put you in touch with the organizer.
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