I helped build this. I think this almost every time I'm at our community garden, feeling incredulous. Sometimes I still can't believe that my dream to start a garden became a reality.
One great surprise of the garden has been the people I've met and built community with. The garden committee planned the details of the garden for months, but we had almost no control over what would happen between the gardeners themselves. Little by little I've noticed community building. People help each other with watering or offer advice about what to plant or when to harvest. One gardener helped make signs and t-shirts for the garden, another will be hosting a canning workshop next month. People continually mention how peaceful the garden space feels and how happy they are to have met the other gardeners.
I love the difference a garden can make. We've beautified the property, helped to create a local ecosystem, been eating healthy food, formed new relationships, and built community. It has been a challenge to keep up motivation and organization of the project while also working full time, but it's been so worth it. I can't wait to see how the garden project grows as the seasons go on!