TLW Pays Homage to Hilliard
Last Saturday, TLW hosted our final event at our Wheat St. Gardens. Volunteers, community members, public figures, previous and current TLW staff, and our proud partners gathered together for one last hurrah at our downtown farm. We celebrated the people, the land, and the legacy of Wheat St. by hosting our final volunteer activities, listening and dancing to live music, and telling stories about our beloved gardens.
Emotions of joy and sadness vibrated throughout the air. Urban grower graduate and former staff member, Patience Allen-Glick, shared her love for TLW by saying "in the words of Indira Mukhopadhyay, 'Fruit doesn't fall far from the tree, but its seeds can go places and wherever they go, by their virtues they leave their traces.' With luck, blessings, hard work, and community support this will be true for TLW as the dream and reality and the sense of community and hope of this site transitions across the city."
City District 2 Councilman Kwanza Hall's Chief of Staff, Jay Tribby said "Although it has been very bittersweet today, this farm has been the steward and the custodian not only of the values of the local food movement and of urban farming, but it has also been the steward of the return of low-income apartments and affordable housing to this land."
The land that was once vibrantly flourished with fruit trees and raised beds may be bare, but it's image as an urban food oasis will always be in our memories.
Stay tuned as our new Collegetown site in the West End develops where we will continue to grow good food, people, and community.