26/12/2010 by cc_admin

December 2010 | Urban Agriculture | Lorena Endara

With countless containers, shipping cranes and natural gas storage tanks in the background, a 1200m2 plot of land with overgrown grasses rests quietly in the midst of Coco Solo. During this workshop, the community came together to transform this unused space into a productive garden. The first step was creating a compost pile and learning the importance of re-using what we’ve come to think of as trash — eggshells, vegetable peels, coffee grinds, cardboard, dried leaves… Then we used the abundant green material (tall grasses and weeds) to build raised beds and mulch transplants. Different varieties of lettuce and greens went into the ground from seed. Currently there are bananas, plantains, sweet potatoes, taro, sugar cane, papaya, pineapple, lemongrass, sage, corn, peppers, melon, squash, cucumbers, culantro and basil in the ground.