hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA


May 23, 2013

Community gardens give neighbors something to share


“I met the people of the neighborhood and other gardeners who all had green thumbs,” he told Reporter Mike LaBella.

Craft said his house is surrounded by tall trees. That leaves little sun to grow a crop, so he began planting at the fenced-in Harrison Street plot.

“It has good sun for tomatoes and just enough for peppers, too,” Craft told LaBella. “This year, I hope to have the tallest sunflower.”

He was referring to an annual contest at the Harrison Street garden to see who can grow the tallest sunflower. Community gardens have events like that to generate interest and excitement among members, and a sense of belonging.

We hope the influence of community gardening continues to spread throughout the city.

Its products are all positive — fresh vegetables, an improved neighborhood image and, most importantly, a spirit of cooperation among residents.

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