Tipton Community Garden
In June of 2014, we were given a piece of property in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood to create a new community garden. In April 2015, it officially opened as the Tipton Community Garden (TCG) sponsored by Kendall Whittier Incorporated. It functions as a traditional community garden in that local residents have formed a Garden Council and self-manage its operations. KWI Vice President Kara Joy McKee volunteers as the TCG Coordinator and has two additional council members working with her to oversee the 28 raised planting beds. There are approximately 15 gardeners who have adopted plots during this inaugural planting season.
Community gardening has been shown to improve neighborhoods far beyond the obvious benefits of food production and nutrition by offering education, inspiration, increased neighborhood security, a meeting place for community members, and a source of neighborhood pride. The pride that comes from nurturing a plant from seed all the way to the family dinner table can inspire people to believe in their ability to turn effort into successful outcomes. The TCG is becoming another vital part of Kendall Whittier neighborhood and in its early stages it is already providing inspiration and a sense of increased security for neighbors.