The Taylor Park Community Garden was conceived by the Methodist Inner City Mission in association with the Bay Area Food Bank and Gulf Coast Interdenominational Community Garden Network. Over 80 children in the After School Program at Taylor Park were involved in the project from the beginning but area residents are also participating in the project.
Ground breaking took place on January 19, 2013 with over 50 volunteers participating from around the city including the Mobile Master Gardeners, Mobile Coast Guard, University of South Alabama, Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, Craighead Elementary School, Murphy High School, Baker High School and many others who helped build 10 raised beds and prepare the field for planting. The news media were present and stories were run on the local news stations and newspaper. Subsequent work days were held in February, March and April with further preparation of the soil and planting.
Raised beds were planted and include a pizza garden, soul food garden, herb garden, edible flower garden, fruit garden, etc. Churches in the Interdenominational Community Garden Network (Government Street United Methodist Church, Central Presbyterian Church, First Christian Church, Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, and First Baptist Church) sponsored the remainder of the raised beds. The field was planted with 2 areas for the 3 sisters (corn, beans and squash) as well as tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, okra, melons, cucumbers, potatoes, gourds, and various flowers. An area demonstrating Alabama cash crops was also included in the field. The fence surrounding the garden is being used to trellis cucumbers, gourds, melons, etc. In addition 20 blueberry bushes, 12 citrus trees, a fig tree, persimmon tree and butterfly bushes were planted around the garden.
Generous donations from Home Depot, Lowes, St. Elmo Feed and Seed, Revel Citrus Farm, Gulf Coast Agricultural and Seafood Co-Op, Rev Rob Gulledge, Master Gardener Marie Dyson and Dr Hercules Panayiotou as well as the Generation On Grant have enabled the dream of bringing a Community Garden to Taylor Park to become a reality.
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