Community Garden in Downtown Clayton.
I have wondered what this garden area was all about having watched it transform a couple of vacant lots on Main Street in Clayton. So I went over to check it out when I was in Clayton for the Harvest Festival.
It is called the Mosaic Community Garden and it is managed by the Mosaic Church of Clayton who meet at Clayton Fitness on Sundays at 10AM. They have done a wonderful job of reclaiming land that was doing nothing, and using recycled products have created a garden that produces food….what a concept! They adopt such sustainable practices as composting, vermiculture and reclamation of water, they encourage like minded groups to adopt and maintain garden beds.
When I was there, they had big bushes of basil and a fence completely covered with a gourd plant, gourds are big here, they had just planted lettuce, looks like they will have a good supply of Fall veggies.
In their flyer it says they provide fruit and vegetables to people who may have difficulty purchasing them. They want to build a community with a common purpose of building relationships while meeting the needs of their neighbors, and provide a seasonally changing and inspiring environment through plantings of annual and perennial flowers, shrubs and herbs.
You can check them out on the web at www.mosaicclayton.com.
With one in six Americans struggling with hunger imagine if every empty lot or neglected piece of land was used to grow food would do!