Years ago family members and friends worked together to farm their land, creating tight bonds and a strong sense of community. Flash-forward to today, when you can still enjoy the physical and emotional satisfaction of working alongside your neighbor even in a modern urban area.
Corpus Christi has several community gardens where you can help to grow flowers, plants and vegetables while working on other projects to improve the environment. You develop a greater appreciation for land and nature along with a strong connection to the local area.
Find the opportunity that appeals to you from these four deserving projects around Corpus Christi.
Is there anyone better to learn from than actual farmers? The Learning Garden is a project affiliated with the Corpus Christi Downtown Farmers' Market. Located at Tom Graham Park, this garden provides volunteers with a site to grow produce that is actually sold at the market. Open hours are Mondays at 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.
The EDGE Garden at Lindale Park opened in 2012 with a grant from Scotts Miracle Gro. You can reserve an individual plot to develop your own garden of produce. All participants also share in the bounty from eight fruit trees planted on the property.
St. Luke's United Methodist Church hosts a garden that is open to all community members. The DIY plots use old car tires as planters. Ten percent of the proceeds from the garden go to St. Luke's food pantry.
Junior League of Corpus Christi sponsors a "Kids in the Kitchen" initiative to teach children and their parents about making healthy food choices. Last year they partnered with Nueces Master Gardeners and the Corpus Christi Independent School District to establish gardens at 50 CCISD campuses.
With spring approaching, it's a perfect time to get involved in one of these community gardens. Working outdoors alongside your neighbors is a rewarding way to deepen your connection with our area. Do you know of any other opportunities around Corpus Christi? Let us know about them!