THIS is What A Community Garden Looks Like

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Hey Radnor pals? I thought you might like to see these photos. It shows a true community farming/gardening effort. For more years than I can rememember, this has meant summer to me. I love walking on the trail and taking a peek at what is growing - it's really, really cool. Imagine the possibilites...this is something I would like to see at the Willows if this CSA were to continue. There is also still a community garden at Harriton House in Bryn Mawr, I believe.

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Yup, that is the real deal, digging in the dirt with friends and family, growing food and flowers for yourself and others seems like the best way to grow true community, and for some, deeper connections to God and the earth.

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Well.... Lower Merion is NOT Radnor. Surely if the people of Lower Merion had the money that the people of Radnor have, they would hire a farmer to do the work. Besides you have to be careful how you handle food. It is food after all. Besides Lower Merion and West Philadelphia are packed in like sardines much like Upper Darby and Media and other places that I have heard about. Look at all the weeds in the picture. If the community could afford a professional farmer, he could erradicate the weeds and bugs and other nasty stuff. Does that guy live in the Harriton House?

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Hear Say,
That's not Harriton House, that's the community garden at Haverford College

And Haverford College's community garden is in Haverford Township. That is what this photo is of.

As for Historic Harriton house, they have tenants who pay market rate rent living on the property, actually. And if you know anyone, they have a vacancy right now in one of the carriage houses - they usually don't - people stay for years.

As for Harriton's community garden, you can ask Bruce Gill (executive director) the specifics, but suffice it to say it's NOT being done by a professional farmer, it's residents in the community who sign up.

So what about the weeds? You are missing the point. It's a community garden that has been a tradition for how many decades at Haverford College? It makes people HAPPY. I think they should have done something like this at the Willows this summer, and think they should do it in the future, which is why I posted the photo. Community Gardens are great. They actually do them in the city of Philadelphia under the guidance of organizations like the Philadelphia Hosticultural Society. When I was a relly little girl we participated in one near Old Pine Church in Society Hill. I don't know if it is still there, but as a kid, I remember how awesome it was.

Do you see that guy in the photo out on the corner selling his food? I don't. Although I will tell you the community farmers at Haverford College have given me veggies before when walking through - it's a lot of the same people every year. And guess what? The veggies were awesome.

Community Gardens are a simple way to creat a happy vibe in the community.

As for money and how to waste it, I think Lower Merion and Radnor are equally matched.

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L'homme est né libre, et partout il est dans les fers/Man is born free, yet he is everywhere in chains.–Jean Jacques Rosseau. The Social Contract, 1762

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Where are the tractors? I am just bitter because I was a victem of the early/late blight and have no tomtoes and peppers.

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To minimize late blight, next year get your seedings at a local nursery rather than a supermarket or big box home improvement store (see the link in my previous post from another thread).

And if you have other produce to trade (beans, cukes, zukes, melons, herbs, etc), you can probably get plenty of fresh peppers and/or tomatoes at the Narberth Greens vegetable exchange in front of the Narberth Library on Saturday morning at 10 am.

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Believe me, I learned my lesson. I am currently drying seeds from a monster tomatoe that my FIL gave to me yesterday. I think i will start my own next year. I did not grow anything on the ground because of my 1 year old puppy who thinks he is a coal miner.

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I assume that we're talking about a different sort of blight than what we have on Lancaster Ave in Ardmore... O.o

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Yep, but buying local is the best way to avoid blight in Ardmore, too.

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LOL - seems like "hear say", like me, remembers the idiotic remarks made by the self proclaimed biggest supporter of Radnor 4th Ward Commissioner Candidate Elaine Paul Schaefer: UNGA BUNGA!!

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WE HAVE A WINNER!

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