Tuesday, August 21, 2012

It Takes a Garden:Helping a Struggling Town Turn Over a New Leaf- Parade

Daniela Berry, 12, in Lenoir, N.C. on the cover of PARADE; Dean Adorno with his 4-year-old son Tristen. [Photos: Patricia Lyons]
"It’s Saturday morning at the community gardens in Lenoir, N.C., and the beds are buzzing. Townspeople are digging, weeding, watering, wiping sweat from their brows, then digging some more. There’s Helen Dickson, a 75-year-old retired seamstress who’s been raising ­vegetables since her farm-kid days; Eston Werts, 27, who ­returned to his hometown of Lenoir after college and is now a garden manager; Dean Adorno, 24, a tattooed electrician who is reputed to grow the garden’s best tomatoes; and his 4-year-old son, Tristen, known for planting Toy Story ­action figures amid the beds. John “Doc” Scroggin, 83, a retired general practitioner, perches at a nearby picnic table providing color commentary. “You notice how spry these old folks are?” he asks. “That’s gardening!"

You may read the rest of the article by Kate Meyers by on the Parade website here.

You may also want to read the following novel about neighbors starting a community garden:

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

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