In partnership with Scotts Miracle-Gro and its GRO1000 grant program, I recently spent an evening exploring 462 Halsey Community Garden in Brooklyn with my family. 462 Halsey is a thriving gem located in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, and its members are rightfully proud of what they’ve created out of what had been a vacant lot. As a family we’ve always loved the feeling of being in a tiny little oasis of greenery that community gardens can provide in this city of steel and concrete, and 462 Halsey is one of the nicest ones we’ve seen.


Paper Fashion: NYC in Bloom


um, hey.

basically there’s a fundraiser circulating around on twitter that has caught my interest and i feel the need to expand its information to tumblr. this year the Gro1000 community outreach program has decided to award a 40K grant to one city with the highest amount of votes. on the voting board we have the Lowell Park Family Market Farm in OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA. so far Oakland has the second highest vote, Detroit being in first only by a few, but can easily win if we can get at least 2,500 votes in each day through February 9th, 2015. You can vote once a day for every twenty-four hours so it would mean a lot if you can just visit and vote for West Oakland. if you’re from the Bay Area, you’ll understand why it’s hella important to vote. even the littlest recognition can mean the world to the people of the community. 

As quoted from,

“Through the creation of an intergenerational community garden and farmer’s market, the Lowell Park Family Market Farm aims to revitalize West Oakland, an area challenged with limited access to healthy produce and poor health among its residents. The intergenerational garden will engage local youth and adults in educational programs and job training, while providing fresh produce to area residents at an affordable cost.”

if you haven’t already, go ahead and vote for Oakland, California cause it’ll be much appreciated to me and the people from the community out in the Bay Area.

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – @Jane.Goodall_ #gratitude to @suwlok and the Scotts team for sponsoring my talk at @fpconservatory. Our little “teen jobs program that looks like a school farm,” @muirranch, wouldn’t be the SE without you.
A week later and I’m still inspired by the work of the growing community in my home state. #ohigrow #gardenchat #csr #gro1000 #organic #schoolgarden (at Franklin Park Conservatory)

Kernersville, NC with GRO1000

Being that it was one of the first days of summer, it was already sweltering by 10am when we arrived at the small town of Kernersville, NC. As we made our way south from the center of town we came upon the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden. Upon pulling in, we knew this place was special. When GRO1000 asked us to pick a community garden to help promote to the locals and be able to show off our Mobile Library in a new city, we jumped at the opportunity. We never expected to find a secret garden hidden in North Carolina. We were greeted by a friendly staff who quickly gave us a lay of the land. We decided to set up by taking over their over sized parking lot. We set up our tables and benches and even broke out our nifty new tent (it was hot). After a quick sun shower the sun was out, and we were open for reading. 

We didn’t know what to expect from such a small town. We had just had an amazing show in Raleigh and it was a Monday afternoon. At around 12 pm we started getting people who had skipped out of work, or decided to take a ‘long lunch’. The people that came were so enthusiastic. Our tables quickly became a community gathering place for everyone who came. Sketchbooks were shared, names were exchanged and a quiet happiness found it self in that garden. 

'There is nothing like reading in a garden!’ One visitor said. And they were right. We had never shown at a place quiet like this. It became a setting we will forever long for. Towards the end of the day we started to pull books with garden-esq tags. We found books about bees, flowers, gardens and much more. The trip opened our eyes to all these amazing books we never thought to pull.

The most amazing part was that even though it was about 90+ degrees out side, people stayed for hours to look through the sketchbooks. Even after we finally had to close and get on the road, we kept seeing our community lingering around the gardens. 

During the show, Sara and I, both made sure to take a moment to Meander ourselves. Taking time to reflect on this summer day, in this small town on this BIG Summer Tour.

This post was written as part of a partnership with Scott’s Miracle-gro and it’s GRO1000 Grant Program.