community garden/urban renewal
My husband and I are moving soon, essentially into the "inner city"- to renovate and build an early 20th c./late 19th c home. I would like to begin a community garden on one of the many vacant lots in this neighborhood to help foster a sense of community- how would I begin and get residents involved? Most of the residents of this neighborhood just outside of our metropolitan downtown are direly poor- Those of us who are moving in are, for the most part, "hipsters"- definitely outsiders in this neighborhood. Does anyone have any words of wisdom for this self-acknowledged idealist?