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Nature Heritage Society’s Gardening Initiative

by Dr. Sheila Pope

I was excited to write the first blog post for Nature Heritage Society.  I had the pleasure to interview Mr. Bruce Young, Vice Chairman, and Community Outreach Coordinator about Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center’s Urban Garden and Nature Heritage Society’s gardening initiative.  Mr. Young invited me to the Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center to see how Peoples United Summit, a nonprofit in Sunnyside, could utilize the Harbach-Riley Neighborhood Center’s Urban Garden to support some of its community outreach initiatives.

Harbach-Ripley Center Urban Garden
Fig 1: Community Urban Garden

I was amazed at the variety of organic vegetables and herbs grown in the garden. Mr. Young said, “the purpose of  Nature Heritage Society’s (NHS) garden initiative was to teach members of Harbach-Riley Neighborhood Center and its surrounding community how to grow healthy, organic produce to promote healthy living.”  He went on to explain NHS’ partnership with Harbach-Ripley Center. Mr. Young explained NHS maintained an office within the Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center.  NHS conducts its day to day business within Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center. Mr. Young adopted two gardening pods from Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center’s Urban Garden. He not only maintains NHS’ area,  he also waters, pull weeds, and maintains all of the Urban Garden.

Mr. Young admitted he did not know much about organic gardening before he partnered with Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center and a fantastic gardening coach. Mr. Young said he was lucky to have met Janice Brown, the founder and gardening coach from Girl on the Grow. Ms. Brown helped him learn when to pick the vegetables; she taught him how to care for the vegetables and the soil without the use of pesticides. If readers want to learn how to grow organic vegetables, Ms. Brown teaches gardening classes at Harbach-Ripley.

Girl on the Grow
Ms. Janice Brown, Gardening Coach from Girl on the Grow

Mr. Young has been gardening for two years at Harbach-Ripley Center. He shared a funny story of how shocked he was once he realized how quickly and how tall okra grew.  Mr. Young is 6’2”; he said he never imagined his red okra would surpass his height in a matter of weeks.

 

The amazing thing about this Urban Garden is that participants and community members surrounding the Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center have access to organic vegetables, fruit, and herbs fresh from the garden. Participants of the Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center can adopt different pods in the garden and grow whatever fruits and vegetables they want to attempt to grow.

Mr. Bruce Young
Mr. Young’s magic growing okra.

Mr. Young said he wanted to expand NHS gardening initiative to communities in the surrounding area in an effort to improve the quality of food within the community. Mr. Young admitted his initiative would take some time to be adopted by local communities, but he feels strongly that NHS’ initiative is the first step in the right direction to teach community members the value of growing their own organic fruits, herbs, and vegetables.

The amazing thing about this Urban Garden is that participants and community members surrounding the Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center have access to organic vegetables, fruit, and herbs fresh from the garden. Participants of the Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center can adopt different pods in the garden and grow whatever fruits and vegetables they want to attempt to grow.