I’m learning that the garden at Ida B. has had many people come through and grow food – from beautiful examples for after school programs to intentionally farming to see how much will grow. The amount of donated hours put in, are just amazing and humbling. It has been hard to find a way to consistently support this important effort in the chaotic nature of our school.
So it was with some fear that I ventured into the garden towards the end of June to help Stephen, who has been still hanging in there with this garden since NOPA owners and employees came through and really cleaned things up a few years ago. He is out there for so many good reasons, and sets one of those examples that will keep me humble – and grateful.
Why fear? Well, truth be told, I love growing food, but given the choice between gardening and cooking, you will find me where I’ve had more success, the kitchen. Also, having been at Ida B. for over 5 years, I’ve learned that summer on this hill is reminiscent of those scenes of stormy seas, with seamen braving the force of nature at the prow of their wavering ship. You stand at the top of this garden and have to hold on, the wind is so strong. But Stephen has plans this year, do you see those wooden boxes, patiently waiting for starts to protect? I think there is some magic going on down there, to work with the literal forces of nature. Magic that our school needs to learn how to support more this time. I’m realizing that whether or not I have a green thumb, it’s time to spend more efforts in the garden and prepare our students for the importance of growing our own food. And after a few weeks away, I’m eager to see what it looks like now. More soon.