wow .... So its Saturday May 25th at the LaSalle Square Unity Garden. I arrive about 7am ( late for me ) . One of or neighborhood gardeners Kevin is already there and has let the chickens out while he works on a flower garden project. Its about 8:30 and Gabby with WNDU is coming out to do and interveiw at the same time St Joe High students will be arriving to work in the Garden. Sara is off helping Henry Davis get his Unity Garden started. Chuck the Homeless man that lives in the woods stops by to chat with Gabby. Justin Joy the St Therse garden leader is there to pick-up tools and plants. We get through the first interveiw, and I decide to let Gabby interveiw the St Joe students for part 2 . Its about then the guy arrives to pick up pallets. Amy, Jim , and Cara showup to get ready for the Kids Club at 10am. Meanwhile Mike has showed up to work on his area. Dave and Brooklen ( new volunteers) show up to work , Cara gives them the tour, and Mike puts them to work. Sara arrives back to Meet the woman from AEP to sign a contract for or solar power usage meter. She has brought her grandkids out to see the Chickens and Bees . That means its 11:30 and Steve is ready to start his Beekeeping class. Next the Boy Scouts show to drop off some rain barrels they made for the garden. The day like every Saturday is such a blur. About 150 people passed through the garden. They planted, the learned, they made friends. All these people from all walks of life, with diverse backgrounds, and diverse interest all together. This is a community !!
Hello! My name is Carla Geglio and I am so excited to be the newest Unity Gardens intern! I am currently a senior at Purdue University studying History and Art History. I am from South Bend originally and I am happy to be back for my last college summer. I first heard about Unity Gardens from my mom, Helen Geglio. She is a volunteer for Unity Gardens and started a garden at Zion Church. I went with my mom to the Unity Gardens Luau last July and I knew immediately that I wanted to get involved with the gardens. The Luau was really fun and I was exposed to all of the different components of Unity Gardens- everything from Peace Bees to the free classes offered to the community. I love that the gardens make healthy food and a healthy lifestyle attainable and accessible for members of the community. I have been vegan for six years and consume a plant-based diet. Because of my restricted diet, I have had to learn a lot about nutrition and maintaining a healthy diet. I am excited to put my love for food, nutrition, and my hometown into my work at the gardens!
Hi, my name is Mitch. I am the Unity Gardens Manager. I am a Purdue Master Gardener and teach many of the gardening classes. I also manage the LaSalle Square Garden, and maintain the website, blog and newsletter.