Over 50 volunteers participated in our Cinco de Mayo 2019 beautification project in the garden which made a large improvement to our garden’s curb appeal. EACGC has partnered with the Big Sunday Organization’s annual Big Sunday May volunteer events since 2013. They have publicized our annual Big Sunday events, recruited new volunteers, and provided funds for repairs and improvements.
This year we focused on the transoceanic container that serves as our principle storage room. Fred, as the container is known, went to sea in 1995. After many years crossing the oceans, Fred retired in 2011 to our garden and has served faithfully. Along with Fred are two smaller storage sheds, Alice and John. While they are not as old as Fred, all of them needed serious improvement. Also in poor condition were several metal sculptures that originally served on Rose Parade floats. While decorating our garden, these butterflies, turtles, birds and a squirrel rusted.
On May 5th our volunteers painted our storage sheds and the garden animals. Alice, Fred and John went from a dark rust color to a vibrant sand color. And our animals are no longer rusting creatures passed by without a glance. Now in their bright new colors they welcome visitors.
In addition to the generous contribution from the Big Sunday organization, local Westchester businesses donated to the event. Benny’s Tacos on Manchester Ave. at Loyola Blvd. donated quesadillas, chips, salsa and churros to help feed our hungry volunteers. Paco’s Cantina on Manchester near Truxton Ave. provided gift certificates entitling lucky winners to a complete dinner for two. Cinco, also on Manchester just west of Lincoln Blvd. also contributed gift certificates. Those lucky winners are able to enjoy their Oaxacan food. Bristol Farms, on Lincoln Blvd. near Manchester Ave., contributed cookies, pastries and other bakery goodies. Bristol Farms has been generously contributing baked goods to the garden’s work days held the first Saturday of every month.
We are very grateful to the many garden and community volunteers who improved the beauty of our garden. Emerson Avenue Community Garden Club continues to build a garden and grow a community.
The Emerson Avenue Community Garden Club is located on the Orville Wright/STEAM Magnet property, Emerson Avenue at 80th Place. We are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.