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.