This week, one of the community gardens in Omaha suffered from vandalism. A batch of kids from the Sherman Community Center had started seeds in a greenhouse weeks ago and transplanted them in a 4800 square foot garden. That night, someone tore out everything.
As a farmer – and a father – I could only imagine the devastation that these kids felt. After all the excitement of growing their own plants and planning for delicious vegetables, they were robbed of the future.
When I heard, I called the City of Omaha Parks Foundation to coordinate replacements. I knew Omaha farming community could donate plants and seeds to these children. Amber Miller at the Foundation was thrilled at the offer.
It turns out, I was not the only one. The very next day, the entire garden was replanted with donated plants and seeds. It shows that our community is ready to support those in need, especially when it comes to kids in the garden. Amber told me that the City is installing a new community garden next week, and all incoming donations will be used there.
Black Sheep Farms will collect your donations through Saturday on the farm and in downtown Omaha and transport them to the community garden group. Email us at email@example.com to make arrangements.