Planting Season in Old Brooklyn

Ben Franklin Community Garden is officially open for the season!

This year, I decided to buy a plot and find a few friends who could teach me how to grow a salad garden. My friend, Darlene, agreed she might be up for the task.

She invited her neighbor, Tom, to help join in.

Ben Franklin Community GardenThe three of us live in Old Brooklyn, and we wanted to be part of a decades-old tradition. Since 1929, folks have been coming to the garden to share in the bounty of community and friendship. They gather at the beginning of the season, nurture their tiny seedlings, then harvest a variety of vegetables, flowers and fresh fruits. Folks are encouraged to take what they need and give the rest to the food shelters and pantries in Cleveland.

If you look online, you’ll find historic photos of gardeners that go way back. Ben Franklin is the largest community garden in Cuyahoga County, and it has been designated a city landmark by the Cleveland Landmarks Commission.

Since I am a first-time gardener, I thought it might be fun to share what I learn. So Day 1 of the journey begins today when Tom, Darlene and I planted our first community garden.

Check out our photos.

Read more about our first garden.