Rodgers Forge, state map their gardens
The initiative has begun mapping gardens in the area -- there are now close to 30 with more coming online. One of the gardens is housed in an older neighbor’s yard that is gardened collectively. The neighbor wasn’t going to garden herself, but had an end-of-group house with a southern exposure. The initiative aims to hook up others with space but no time for a garden, or time and no space.
Hamilton also expects to plan events where the home grown food is served, as well as offer information on the site about gardening methods and other eco-friendly activities and products.
The idea for the site came from casual talks among neighbors and a similar effort in San Francisco. A spur to action came from a campaign called "Grow It Eat It." It’s sponsored by the Maryland Master Gardener program and the Home and Garden Information Center and aims to get more people planting. The goal: One million Maryland food gardeners producing their own affordable, healthy food.
Hamilton says Rodgers Forge plans to do its part for that program. He is now promoting "a garden on every block" and hopes to get 40 to 50 area gardens mapped on his site and on the master gardeners’. So, plant a garden and let him him know where.
And let us know what's going on in your neighborhood.