Last Sunday, around fifty people came out to the BJP to celebrate the start of our second growing season. The day was filled with fun and festivities as folks from all walks of our community gathered together to work on their partner plots, plan and construct new garden-wide projects, and get to know each other better before the upcoming season. Here are some of the highlights of the day:
Attendees were welcomed to the garden for the first time by our new official sign. Many thanks go to the designer Isa Huerta and the formatter/printer extraordinaire Joe McSharry!
After a bit of mingling, Irena Stein, owner of the most-sustainable eateries on the JHU Campus – Cafe Azafran and Alkimia – helped kick off the event with a heartfelt talk about the importance of community gardens like the BJP. With experience in the start of the Edible Schoolyard movement a few decades ago, she expressed her excitement at the progress we have made in our own community growing experiment and all of our future potential.
Local musicians Jon Caplan, Jacob Chilton, and Will added a great vibe to the atmosphere throughout the event, playing some great tunes on their classical guitars and bass.
Gardener Steve Hulbert fascinated the kids in the creation of a new astronomical project (to be explained in an upcoming blog post!). This project is just one of the many educational and aesthetic new garden additions we hope to bring to the garden in the coming seasons.
Finally, guests enjoyed a communal pot-luck style lunch, complete with ethically-produced hot dogs, delicious sweets and strawberry lemonade from Cafe Azafran, and a variety of festive dishes prepared by gardeners. We are excited for more picnics this summer – especially once we are able to use our own fresh veggies to spruce our dishes up!
Here are some more pictures to get a better glimpse of the fun:
Thanks to all who helped make the opening celebration such a success. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming volunteer days. In the meantime, get planting!