Youth group transforms empty lots to community garden in Ensley via WBRC Birmingham

Youth group transforms empty lots to community garden in Ensley via WBRC Birmingham

Youth group transforms empty lots to community garden in Ensley via WBRC Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Young volunteers in Birmingham transformed three empty lots into community gardens in Ensley. It’s something said to be a much-needed addition.

“All the weeds got pulled. We created new, raise bed gardens. We planted some new herbs for the fall. And just, fellowship more or less,” said Alexander Brewer.

The Dioceses of Birmingham Youth Serve worked with Holy Family Catholic Academy, Holy Family Catholic Church and the Tuxedo Neighborhood community to bring life the empty lots.

“They jumped in, their youth ministers jumped in. This could not have been done at all without these kids,” Brewer said. “In the Ensley area right now, it’s not a food desert, but there’s only one true grocery store where you can get true produce.

Youth group transforms empty lots to community garden in Ensley via WBRC Birmingham


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How to turn dirt into soil via Alternet

How to turn dirt into soil via Alternat

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Kyle Ellefson

When we broke ground for a garden at our 80-year-old house in the middle of Seattle, we took the most obvious thing for granted. Again and again, we crisscrossed the yard surrounding our new home, imagining where we’d plant trees to screen us from the street and neighbors. We fantasized about where we’d sit on warm summer evenings. We watched how the sun and wind moved across the yard through the seasons before choosing a place for our veggie bed. We spent months pondering every little detail, but we had overlooked the biggest one: our soil.

Through the rest of August and into fall, we struggled with planting and accepted our only option—do what we could with the soil we had. We’d never get rid of the glacial till deep down, but we could restore life to the ground above it. Imbuing our soil with life meant we needed to add dead things to it—organic matter. Soil, after all, is the gut of the Earth, and organic matter is the lifeblood that makes this great gut work.

Read How to turn dirt into soil via Alternet


Lend A Hand and Help A Garden Grow!

Help Us Make The Community Garden Grow!

We need volunteers of all sorts, especially for our Board of Directors who are moving the process forward each month.

Join us and plant the seeds of a new garden in your neighborhood!

Join our mailing list and get involved! 


Learn more about community gardens with these books

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our organization
** Many of these books may be available from your local library.
Check it out! † Available from the LA Public Library