SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The rain has been good for one thing: gardening. 22News visited the Springfield neighborhood, where Gardening The Community was Saturday, to find them getting Mother’s Day flowers ready.
What mother doesn’t like to get flowers?
Gardening The Community, a youth led justice organization, knows that answer. 22News was there for their plant sale fundraiser, where free workshops on gardening related topics were also held.
Anna Muhammad, a Board Member of GTC, told 22News, “It gives our community a snapshot of growing, and some folks are saying ‘Hey I don’t know how to do that’, but this is a way for them to see people who look like them that are doing the same thing. This is our neighbor right down the street.”
Flowers are sold throughout the fundraiser just in time for Mother’s Day, but learning along the way is important.
That’s what Don Scott, a Youth Leader of GTC, thinks, telling 22News: “Sometimes, nowadays, knowledge isn’t free. In some ways, you have to pay for it, so it’s good we’re sharing it with the community.”
Next Barn Over Farm in Hadley partners up with GTC and they bring in fresh vegetables to garden during the summer season. A farmer at Next Barn Over Farm, as well as board member of GTC, told 22News: “They do a distribution here, so they can provide more vegetables to the community.”
Cool weather vegetables, such as lettuce and spinach, are being grown now, and once the weather warms up, more vegetables will be grown.