Karen Lanier has been a dependable and dedicated Seedleaf volunteer for some time now, and is one of the champions of our Withrow garden. It is our pleasure to share her reflection here on what her time at Withrow means to her.
When I go to the Withrow Garden on Friday mornings, I get to play. I play in the dirt, I meet new people who like to play in the dirt too, and best of all, I get to be a tomboy. I ride my bike there, hop off, put on a cap for shade, and dig in with the other volunteers. We take frequent breaks to talk about the wonders of cabbages or come up with creative designs for new garden beds (which continue to be rectangular for some reason). When I ride home, I’m either a little dirty or wet, or both, and usually have some fresh veggies to start off my weekend right. Whether I take anything to eat or not, I always feel like I’ve been nourished. I’ve even forgotten that I originally came there to help feed my community. That’s the bonus. It takes so little effort to grow healthy food that it really does feel like playing outside with a bunch of friends from my neighborhood.