Dig In! Taking Action Through Urban Farming

Kale, collards, blueberries, and salad greens are just some of the many fruits and vegetables that are produced from the urban garden on Hancock Street in downtown Springfield. The garden space, which is also home to a weekly community-supported agriculture (CSA) pickup, sits atop a previously vacant space owned by neighboring company Mitchell Machine. This urban garden is one of the three (and soon to be four) formerly abandoned spaces that Springfield-based food justice organization Gardening the Community (GTC) has transformed into flourishing community gardens.

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Belief in a Seed

Belief in a Seed

I have hoes and trowels and pots and stakes. Garden markers and grow lights, and fertilizer gleaned from both fish and farm. I have a notebook in which, every February, I plot my plans for rows of root vegetables, a variety of greens, and two plantings’ worth of lettuces. I have a pile of plastic trays and peat pots that has moved with me three times in four years.

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