After a very rainy day yesterday, with temperatures dropping to the mid-teens finally, (and a decent sleep last night), the sun shone brightly this morning, and I decided to head out for a coffee and then a walk.
The area of Changchun that I live in is very nice. It’s a new community, with new buildings going up, and new shops opening. The school I taught in is only two years old, and they are already improving it. The population is exploding. I enjoy walking in this area and feel safe at night walking too.
Today, I was on a mission. I had seen the community garden back in May and it was starting to grow. Some small unknown plants (a gardener I am NOT!) were sprouting at that time, and I had kept telling myself I needed to go back to see it. Well I was not disappointed this morning!!
The growth in just two months is incredible. The sunflowers are tall and beautiful. The corn stalks are up and there is corn for picking. Eggplants are still small but they are coming along nicely. And the tomatoes!! They are all still green but my goodness there are hundreds of tomato plants!!! I hope to get back to pick some fresh tomatoes before I leave, but I am not sure if they will be ripe enough for picking by then.
This community garden is a fantastic idea! Anyone can come and pick produce from there. You don’t need to pay for anything. It is there for everyone. And while I can recognize corn, eggplants and tomatoes – I have no idea what else is growing but there is a lot growing there and in abundance.
This is a project that should be undertaken in all cities around the world in my opinion. It is a great community project, everyone gets involved. I saw at least four families there today weeding, and cleaning up the area. Some were picking the eggplants – although I don’t think they were quite ready to be picked. But who am I to say that – like I said I am not a gardener.
It is a fantastic idea to make the community stronger, and healthier, and to get the children participating in something that is good for them, their neighbours, and the environment!! The children love telling me about it when they see me – they tell me what they have picked or planted and that they spend their time there with their grandparents and parents. It really is an incredible thing to see.
And this is another thing that I will miss about the area that I live in – the community and family feel. The generosity and kindness that I see in these people to each other.