We would not *be* without our community of volunteers

We talk a lot about plants, but it’s our volunteers that feed our garden and help it grow. Here are just some of our wonderful gardeners:

Clockwise from top left: Snake visitor (we like him); Ellen both watering and talking; Yaakov, Thomas and Zach double-digging our future sweet potato bed; one of the pollinators in our pollinator garden; Maria wielding a rake; Cathy making perfectly straight rows for a future collard patch; Anita in a common weeding pose and Annie putting in a patch of Okinawa Spinach (center).

There’s a lot going on! Want to know more? We’re open to visitors and volunteers Saturdays 9am – 11am at 6114 River Terrace, Tampa, FL 33604.

These lovely people

DI Garden Club visit 4.19.2019
Photo by Ellen Leedy

Garden members Doris and Ellen hosted the Davis Islands Garden Club for a visit to our garden on April 19th. The Garden Club has been incredibly generous, helping us fund important improvements as we develop our space: our water stations and the new entrance to our garden (pictured above).
Doris writes:
It was an amazing morning!  The weather was perfect … the garden looked beautiful.  We had several members of the garden club show up … and they would also like to pop in on a Saturday morning to garden with us.  I don’t know who had a better time … them or us!

Water flows and the garden grows

It’s actually pretty amazing how much we’ve accomplished at our new location in less than a year. There is still much to do, but one of the biggest projects on our wish list just got checked off with the recent installation of four faucet heads (nay, water stations!) strategically placed across the garden property.

They’re connected to a well, maintaining the distinction for us of operating sustainably off the city grid. And now suddenly, raising a flourishing garden of organic fruits and vegetables has never been easier.

We wish to recognize garden members Lynelle and Tony for all their planning and project management; and lots of other garden members assisted as well.

We also share our heartfelt gratitude for the generous grant support from the Davis Islands Garden Club ($1000) and the Hillsborough Soil & Water Conservation District Challenge ($600 for labor) which funded the handiwork of a licensed plumbing team and the necessary materials.  Thank you, thank you!