|Seeds Of Hope Community Garden sign, Lake Park, Fla.|
The soil is sandy and full of rocks and concrete from the abandoned apartment complex that used to occupy the space. There is a thick black mesh material laying on top of the sand to suppress what weeds might survive.
|Volunteer shows off black ground-cover tarp, Seeds of Hope|
Community Garden, Lake Park, Fla.
Each plot costs only $20 a month to rent but this does not include the initial cost of set-up. You need soil to grow vegetables. At Seeds Of Hope all the soil has to be brought in, then set up in raised-bed style rows, on top of the black ground cover. You also have to pay for irrigation hoses to water your crop.
|Boy Scout Troop plots at Seeds Of Hope Community|
Garden, Lake Park, Fla.
Despite all these complications, vegetables grow in abundance and often produce more than the renters can consume. The excess goes into a communal fund that is either sold at farmers markets (to fund future gardening projects) or is given out to the community of Lake Park (often for free).
|Sunflower at Seeds Of Hope Community Garden, Lake|
To find out more you can call (561) 252-7179 or visit their booth at the Lake Park Green Market held on Sundays in Kelsey Park, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.