Spring Gillard

Leaving Space

Is that all you’re going to plant? Aren’t you planting more stuff? Haven’t you planted anything yet? I survived the many questions from well-meaning friends and fellow community gardeners. The desire (and pressure) to overplant is overwhelming at times, but leaving space has paid off. My plants have room to grow. Everything […]


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I spent last Sunday afternoon in the garden and away from school assignments. […]

Ribollita Soup

Last weekend, my friend Mark and I were working at one of my two community gardens. While I weeded and seeded, he pulled up the bricks around the plot, built up the ground with more sand and relaid the path. I’m so happy to have a garden helper who likes the building side of gardening.


Benchmark Day

I sneaked onto what’s left of my balcony yesterday to repot some plants. The sun was shining so bright and warm that it even penetrated the blue tarp that encases the building. My balcony is one of the last to be torn off and is part of the construction zone. I won’t have a new […]

Feeding Ourselves: How Do We Fare on the West Side?

You may have heard the term “food security” tossed around over your mesclun salad mix. You may even know what it means. Or think you know. So what the heck does it mean? To me, it means that everyone in a community has consistent and adequate access to healthy, nutritious, culturally appropriate food without ever […]