Ubuntu Green, a Sacramento community-based organization, will be spending this Sunday afternoon transforming a blighted lot into a bright spot for the entire community, when they turn a vacant lot at 44th Street and 14th Avenue into a long-awaited community garden.
The project was begun last summer by Ubuntu Green’s Green Youth Leadership Team, “The G-Squad“, when they cleared a vacant lot of weeds, brush, trash and other hazardous items to make way for the community garden. The site is adjacent to Home Cash Market, a corner store that once was a magnet for criminal activity. Under new ownership, the Market has agreed to no longer sell liquor and has committed to sell fresh fruits and vegetables to help improve the health of its customers. This neighborhood revitalization will be capped off with the launch of the community garden on Sunday.
According to Ubuntu Green President and CEO Charles L. Mason, Jr., “We have been looking forward to this event for a long time. Not only are we, along with our partners, able to remove an eyesore and a danger to the community, but we are also able to literally sow the seeds of good health for this community. Finally, we can’t underestimate the value of the “community” in community gardens – over the long term they have been proven to bring people together, and we expect the same to happen here.”
Ubuntu Green will build the garden with the help of the Sacramento Yard Farmer and students from Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles as part of their Alternative Spring Break. The project is made possible by the generous support of Alchemist CDC, Soil Born Farms, The California Endowment, Bank of America, the California Wellness Foundation, DoSomething.org and the Sierra Health Foundation.
Ubuntu Green Urban Garden Build At-a-Glance:
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2012
Time: 9 am to 4 pm (rain or shine)
Location: 4330 14th Avenue (at 44th Street near Home Cash Market)
Members of the community are well to attend!