“The Master Gardeners, including myself, are creating some earthworks, erosion-controlling, water-infiltrating infrastructure and planting fruit trees/shrubs at the Martha St Community Garden,” says Tyler Sanders.

Sanders, Jon Soul, Kelsey Phillip Payne, Cookie Coleman, Ruth Schlichtemier, Grace Peterson and others are building what might be called a non-traditional garden up the hill from the Valencia Community Garden.

Both gardens are on city property and are neighbors to Valencia Park and Community Center and to Caddo Magnet High School.

While there are raised beds for vegetables, much of the labor is going into planting food-bearing trees and shrubs. Berms being dug and shaped will retain the slope’s rainwater.

Coleman said that a historic neighborhood house has been added to the site and is being renovated so that it is part of the garden center (pictured below).

“If you couldn’t make it to the Saturday work day, we’re having another one Tuesday [January 17th] at 4:00 p.m.,” says Sanders. “Please come! Many hands make light work. Point proven on Saturday.”

Use E. Herndon St. to access the site at 1613 Martha St. It is one block west of Viking Dr.