Pictures of some of the things I saw and did at and around the Bi-national Friendship Garden of Native Plants located inside Friendship Park this Jan 20-24
After being away for 4 weeks, I got up early on Wed Jan 20th and jammed over to the garden.
First I checked out the Food beds, They looked great! They were created in October of last year as a pilot program called “Realimenta Comunidad” (Community Feedback) to help homeless living in Yogurt Canyon and under the Board Walk and to promote the concept of people growing their own food. I thought it’d be a good idea to harvest the veggies and give them out at the Border Church on Sunday and my coleagues with Cultiva YA! approved (see pics near the bottom for Sunday’s activities)
Cleaning up the garden circles on Wed Jan 20th
Going out to the garden on the US side on Sat Jan 23rd.
The Eco staging/education area at the entrance to Border Field Sate Park in progress being built out of trash (discarded tires more than anything) by 4walls International with some volunteer help from Surfrider.
The nature walk out through the estuary at Border Field.
The canopy has been removed over the picnic tables on Monument Mesa.
Arriving at Friendship Park.
Agent Staples let me in to work in the garden but wasn’t allowing the public in today. There was some trash and weeds.
The walk back out on Sat
Sunday from the Mex side. I brought some plates and some people with the Border Church helped me harvest the vegetables in the garden and we served salad with the Pozole.
Lots of families were meeting through the fence. Still no access allowed to the garden on US side.
Lots of families meeting Beautiful day. Here people separated by immigration status travel from all parts of the US and Mexico to be together through this barrier. Nearly every Saturday and Sunday there are mothers that haven’t seen their sons in 10 years, brothers and sisters who grew up separated from each other, and grandparents meeting their grand children for the first time.
Adriana and Pedro just like the garden. They live in Playas and sporadically swing by to help clean it up and do what they can to keep it up.
In prep of the salad and pozole to be served, I went into Yogurt Canyon about 300 yds East of the garden to see if anyone was hungry. A few living there came up. They’ve been having a hard time with the recent rains and cold. They camp there, waiting for an opportunity to cross. The ones I know, have been living there for four months now.
Lots a great greens
The garden greens were served after the Border Church that meets every Sunday at Friendship Park
State of (some) of the plants in the garden/ Plant inventory – Taken Jan 20th-24th