If you get my e-mails I am sure you are aware of the community garden in progress at the corner of Summit Ave and UTA Blvd. If not, UTA and the City of Arlington are working to start a community garden. Neither organization wants to run the garden but to turn it over to the community and task forces and a garden council are being established. Community members and several Alrington Non-profits have been trying to start a garden for a while and UTA and the City are making that possible for them.
See the detail on the facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Arlington-TX-Community-Garden/108564799211069
This garden could also be viewed as a way for UTA to affirm its relationship to Arlington and its residents by establishing itself as a member of the community as it continues to grow. Hopefully, there will be student interest in helping at garden works days and maintaining plots. One quality students posses that the garden architects need is stamina to put in all 80-someodd plots on build days. Over the long term people will need to maintain these plots. One plot is a lot of work but SPA plans to maintain a plot tened to by several interested members.
Volunteers are badly needed for the upcoming build days, to help put in the beds so this garden can take-off come spring. Fortunatly, the schedule is condusive for students. It’s a one-time deal, any of three days (Thursday Jan 13- Saturday Jan 15), and before the chaos of classes commence. Hopefully you can all make it!
Community gardens fit into current sustainability movements, are great educational tools, and can really help out some hungry folks with healthy foods!