When Lindsey and her neighbors were frustrated by the amount of vandalism at Mount Rose Park, that sowed the seed of an idea. She and her husband brought together a group of people and approached Spring Garden Township about creating a community garden in the park.
And the idea just grew. The township removed a cement picnic area and “a lot of awesome people” volunteered to donate untreated wood, soil and other tools to create the garden.
Today, the garden offers 10 beds for families or individuals to use at no cost. The best part, however, isn’t the tomatoes or carrots or sunflowers that grow – it’s the relationships, Lindsey says.
“It’s way more a bridge to community than even just a garden,” she says. “That’s the tool, but we’ve had really incredible conversations with people we may not have had otherwise. It’s a blessing.
“We have conversations with kids, we’re teaching them,” Lindsey continues. “There’s these big and amazing opportunities we have to connect through the garden, and that’s the thing that gets me so amped about watching it grow.”