While driving around Akron I happened upon a urban garden on Uhler Avenue. It was pretty obvious that a house used to be on this plot of land and something had happened to it but that must have been quite some time ago as it was adopted by a place called Let’s Grown Akron and turned into a community garden.
About a week ago I took the number the down and hoped to photograph some of the flowers inside. I left a message and just got back a return call today. I talked to the Lisa the director who game me permission to go ahead and photograph the site. Although I thought about waiting … I really wanted to capture a nice photo of the Sunflowers at this garden. So the picture above and the one below are what I have been able to capture so far.
After talking to Lisa and doing a bit of investigation online I found out there is much more to this little plot sized garden than the small sign on the fence indicates. She told me that there are 57 such plots in and around the Akron area and that most of them are community and school initiatives. Sometime in the next few days/ weeks I will learning a whole lot about Let’s Grow Akron and I will be photographing some of the other sites for my own personal photography project and sharing some of them on this blog.
I am very, very excited about this. Not only does this sound like an awesome program for me to get involved with, it is also something that sounds truly deserving of being photographed and documented. Just as this quaint garden has so much going on inside of it… so I am sure that all the rest of them do too. I am eager to find out those stories and put the hard work of the volunteers fruits into photos and memories to share.
Of course this also got me thinking about all the undeveloped plots around town that I know of and I was able to think of about 3 or 4 more just in a few minuets time. I am eager to learn about Let’s Grow Akron and find out ways that I might be able to get involved.
Let’s Grow Akron!