Tricycle Garden

Last week, one of my classes went to Tricycle Gardens for a farm tour. We got there and had some time to wander around. These pictures do nothing to show how amazing the gardens are. Two blocks before you arrive at the farm, you’re in the part of town that makes you squirm – because you don’t feel like you belong…you stick out like a sore thumb. But then, you walk onto the farm property and it’s like you’ve been transported to another world. It’s peaceful and beautiful and productive.
The weather had just turned from fairly chilly early spring to summer heat, so the coverings had been removed from all the season extending buildings (it was close to 90ºF the day we went).

One thing of the things that I thought was really interesting was the water system. They have a spigot at the neighboring duplex apartment building, but they built these water catching systems in the middle of the garden. They’re just big buckets for the water, under a roof with a gutter to capture the water. They’re stacked on pallets to make them tall enough to produce reasonable water pressure without a pump. That was pretty cool. And they’re not even that ugly. You’d think something that was so practical wouldn’t be terribly attractive, but I think it’s the arrangement of the tubs that makes a huge difference.

The thing that really impressed me was that the group that is doing the garden is so interested in staying open to the community. Although they’ve had a few instances of people taking advantage of their attempts to be neighborly (there’ve been a few instances of vandalism – I don’t know if it’s only on other farms or also on this one), they are very interested in not putting in a fence or a gate. They’ve delineated their boundaries with berries, but the entrance is not closed off in any way. It seems to be working for them too…for the most part, people seem to give them the respect that you might try to get with a fence, but without telling the neighbors that they aren’t interested in being a part of the community.