The “First Saturday Mimosas & Brunch” event at D Cafe combines two great things – food with neighbors and giving for a good cause. Brunchers had the choice of a hearty mixed breakfast platter or regular menu items while socializing with fellow neighbors. In the meantime the “keep the change” jar allowed patrons to leave their change to go towards purchasing the Westview Community Garden.
The first official work day in the garden following the acquisition of the land took place on October 10th, with food and drink provided by Fresh2Health and LeLovebird.
Please feel free to join the Garden Committee every Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm at 1439 S Gordon Street.
To see photos of the work day view the photo gallery below.
“Welcome Back Westview” – Join the Westview Community Organizations’ Garden Committee, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and FoodCorps volunteers to get ready for the fall/winter garden at 1439 South Gordon Street.
Yummy food from local farms will be there just for you.
This is our land – it’s time to get to work!
On Saturday, August 22 the Westview Community Organization hosted a fundraising party at Historic Fire Station #17 for the South Gordon Community Garden. As part of the fundraising efforts attendees were asked to donate a minimum of $50 for entry, which would include food and beverages, live DJ entertainment, and a silent auction.
Between the fundraising party and prior fundraising efforts via the GoFundMe campaign about 43% of the $10,000 goal has been reached.
The Westview Community Organization is holding a fundraiser to help raise money to pay for the recent purchase of the Westview Community Garden on South Gordon Street. A group of generous neighbors offered the community organization a loan to purchase the land. The sale is complete, so now we need to pay back the loan!
The fundraising event will feature a night of fun, including food, drinks, DJs and a silent art auction.
Our sponsors for the event are:
Sponsorship opportunities are available for your business starting with a $250 donation. Please contact us for more info.
- Ramon Rawsoul
- Earl the Third
SILENT ART AUCTION:
Artwork, gift certificates, and more.
- Hadley Breckenridge
- Kenneth Ellsworth
- Krista Clark
- Michael David Murphy
- Michael Jones
- Unspoken Word Designs
- Westview Sign Company
Gift Certificates and Products
- Alliance Theater – A pair of A Christmas Carol tickets
- Alliance Theater – A pair of tickets for any show
- Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – A pair of tickets for any show
- Bell Street Burritos – Gift certificates
- Brick + Mortar – 1960s Rand McNally roll down Africa visual relief classroom map
- Issey Miyake – L’eau D’issey Florale Perfume
- Marc Jacobs – Leather Pouch
- Natori – Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray
- NoMas Cantina – Margarita Pitcher and Glasses + Tapas for 2 at PocoMas Gift Card
- Mellow Mushroom – “Mellow Experience”: Gift bags with t-shirt, Mellow Mushroom gift certificate, and more
- Paleo Box – In-Home Gourmet Three-Course Dining Experience for Two
- The Good Hair Shop – Gift bag
- Westview Pizza Cafe – Three-Your-Way Pizzas
The silent art auction will end at 11:00pm. Please have your cards/checks/cash ready.
FOOD & DRINKS:
The following food and beverages will be available as part of your entry fee:
- Beef brisket by Char Wars
- Grilled chicken by Scott Smith
- Butternut squash soup, couscous with greens and herbs, and kale salad by Teena/Mystic Roots*
- Salad and blackberry apple cobbler by Westview Pizza Cafe
- Iced honey lavender tea and shiso mint tea by Andrea “LeLovebird”*
- Sweetwater 420
*Harvested from HABESHA’s gardens at the Dubar Center and Omenala Griot Museum.
Food and drinks will be available until supply runs out.
Minimum donation for entry is $50/person, and the fee includes music, food, and drinks, but please consider giving more! Please make your donation in advance to our GoFund me campaign and bring a print out of the receipt for the donation to gain entry. http://www.gofundme.com/
If you can’t attend we’d still appreciate a donation to our GoFundMe campaign: http://www.gofundme.com/WestviewGarden
HISTORY OF THE COMMUNITY GARDEN STORY:
Please read more about the community garden on our website:
The idea of the Westview Community Garden first came to fruition in December 2009 when neighbors were presented with an opportunity to turn a wide vacant lot on South Gordon Street into a community garden. After the Westview Community Organization signed a 3-year lease with the owner plans were started for the 2010 growing season.
The original concept of the garden was for community members to purchase a plot for the year, allowing each plot owner to be in charge of their own area and what was grown. A separate area was designated for shared land so that crops that would perform better in groups, such as corn, could be grown for everyone. The participating gardeners held work days to till the land and build raised beds, and additional work days were held throughout the year to work on keeping the common areas clean.
Over time an emphasis was placed on needing to work with neighborhood youth to teach them where food comes from, how to garden, and providing a sense of pride for their accomplishments when vegetables and fruits were ready to be harvested. In turn the garden took a shift from the individual plot concept to a shared community garden concept where everyone would work in the garden and could enjoy the crops.
The gardeners additionally worked to receive grants to build a garden shed and a chicken coop (it should be noted the plans never materialized to the point of chickens being at the garden), hosted various volunteer groups for garden maintenance, a rain barrel workshop, and were featured in the BeltLine newsletter and as a stop on bicycles tours of Atlanta-area gardens.
While the community garden continued to function, a series of unfortunate background events occurred that would lead to the sudden and surprising end of the garden in March 2015. The owner with whom the community had signed the lease passed away in 2012. After the lease expired at the end of 2013 the community unsuccessfully attempted to contact the heir to renew the lease, and hence the community continued to garden on the land as “tenants at sufferance” (i.e. continuing to occupy the space with an expired lease but without being asked to leave by the owner). Unbeknownst to the gardeners the property fell into foreclosure in April 2014 and was taken over by Capitol City Bank. Capitol City Bank would collapse in February 2015, leaving the FDIC to take over the bank’s assets, including the Westview Community Garden. Community members became aware of the situation when a “No Trespassing” signed appeared in the garden at the beginning of March, followed by a bulldozer at the end of March.
Thanks to the swift action of alert neighbors, members were able to rally and jump into action and salvage the majority of the garden shed. A vote was taken at the April Westview Community Organization meeting to raise the funds for the community to officially acquire the land. The community is currently in negotiations with the FDIC to buy the land. If successful, a fundraiser will be held to raise the money to pay for the land, officially making the garden a community owned asset.
We hope our next article about the garden will be a positive one with a happy ending. In the meanwhile you can read the thorough Creative Loafing article, “Westview Community Garden demolished, but not the neighborhood’s dreams,” as well as take a trip down memory lane with pictures of the garden from our archive:
A clean-up will be held at the South Gordon Community Garden.
The neighborhood “garden babies” came to visit the community garden and check on and harvest the vegetables that they helped plant. It is a beautiful sight to see how much our children remember what we teach them!
To see photos of the children at the garden view the photo gallery below or visit the Westview Facebook page.
Westview youth will be participating in an art summer camp through August 1st. A kick-off meet-and-greet for the kids and their families was hosted in the Westview Communal Garden on South Gordon Street with music, activities, and learning about growing and harvesting food.
To view photos of the meet-and-greet view the photo gallery below or visit the Westview Facebook page.
Westview neighbors were able to reap the Westview Community Garden’s first big harvest of the season – tomatoes, peppers, beans, okra, cucumbers, and fruit were picked.
Westview Pizza Café received all of the tomatoes, many of the peppers, some okra and a couple of cucumbers to incorporate into their menu. D Café used some cucumbers for their menu as well, and additional cucumbers were given away to a neighbor on South Gordon Street. Talk about truly local garden-to-table for our Westview restaurants!
Please join community members at the Westview Community Garden (1439 S. Gordon Street) every Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
To view photos of the Westview garden harvest view the photo gallery below (click “continue reading”) or visit the Westview Facebook page.