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Greenfolks Garden Starts Third Season

by Jen Lyons

Although it sometimes may feel like spring is still light years away, Greenfolks know better. They know that sooner rather than later it will be time to wield shovels and rakes, delight in seeing tiny seedlings reach toward the sun, and most importantly, linger with friends and neighbors in the fresh garden air. This spring marks the third season for Greenfolks Garden. It has come a long way from being a scrubby vacant lot on the 500 block of Wright Street. Last year it was an amazing display of vibrantly hued flowers, mouthwatering vegetables, and cheerful community effort. This season has the promise of being even better. In many ways the growing season has already begun, starting with a seed planting party on March 22 and meetings held every other Monday. But the real fun starts on Saturday, May 3, when Greenfolks will host the third annual Spring Garden Kick-off, complete with food, fun and friends. Of course, that is really just the beginning of a great growing season. This year’s plans include a rummage sale and other fund-raising events, mini-seminars covering a wide range of gardening related topics and more. Greenfolks also look forward to continued involvement with organizations like Milwaukee Urban Gardens and Growing Power, as well as establishing new friendships with other community groups and individuals alike. Greenfolks love to share their enthusiasm and welcome anyone with an interest in gardening and community. There are many ways to participate in and enjoy the garden. It can be as simple as helping to celebrate the spring kick-off or visiting the garden on a summer walk. Or it can as fulfilling as planting and harvesting your own vegetables. By the way, it’s not too late to plant some seeds now without delay! Please call if you have questions or would like assistance. For more information, call Jen Lyons at 265-4654 or e-mail Riverwest Currents – Volume 2 – Issue 4 – April 2003
by Jen Lyons