Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Beat Blog #2

The Amazon Community garden is beginning to see more activity as the winter is coming to an end. On late Tuesday afternoon the garden was full of people churning dormant soil, mixing in composts and organic fertilizers in hopes of raising a productive summer crop. Chris Hope,a gardener for the last four years, is planning to grow mostly lettuce, "because it's easy," but also plans to make his first attempt at peppers later in the season.
"I do it mostly for fun," he says. "It's a good way to meet people and you get to stick your hands in the dirt."
Gardeners here also produce corn, onions, garlic, peas, tomatoes, potatoes, zuchini and squash to name a few. Plots are in high demand and are awarded a via a lottery system. To enter you must register by completing an application by March 16th and delivering it to the City parks and Open Spaces Department. Forms can be downloaded from the department's website here.