A peek through the fence reveals a series of raised vegetable beds in fall mode, empty except for the occasional pepper hanging on to what is left of summer. What the glimpse doesn't disclose — at least not on a weekday afternoon in November — is that this plot of land has become synonymous with community building. Situated on an intersection in Northwest Pasadena once dubbed Blood Corner, the garden draws neighbors and volunteers from all parts of town together for yard work and weekend events.
|"Creating a safe and peaceful space": The Farmer's Yard|
According to its website, The Farmer's Yard operates "in the spirit of self-reliance and sustainable models" and without monetary support from any agency or institution. It hosts a weekly art and science program for neighborhood children, has organized a Butterfly Fair and a Wiggly Worm Fair and offered two earthquake safety workshops. Lydia Breen, one of the driving forces behind The Farmer's Yard, recently said about the project: "I believe we are unusual in that we are more than a community garden. We are neighbors, collaborating within a hyperlocal area to create a safe and peaceful space that will serve as a model for sustainability and resilience in the face of economic, societal and environmental pressures."
|From "Blood Corner" to community building: Announcing the neighborhood festival|
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What: Wonderful Water, A Neighborhood Festival (free)
When: Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: 138 W Howard St