Sunday, July 19, 2009

Gardening the Westside of Chicago

In Chicago, most of the folks that come through DOOR get a chance to work with Openlands. Openlands is an urban gardening project that walks alongside different neighborhood blocks to tend to gardens throughout the Westside. DOOR participants often learn more history of the neighborhood and of the people on the block than they do tending to the weeds and flowers and anything else they are asked to do. I appreciate that. Gardening with local people, participants learn about what is a weed as well as a personal story that often spans decades. The following is a tour of some of the many gardens that DOOR spends time. Velma Jackson, a leader in gardening on the west side passed away this year, is featured as a living tribute of the importance of green space in Chicago.

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