The Parramore Community Garden, led by Lynn Nicholson, Daphne Brewington, and Mary Johnson opened in 2009. Five years later, the garden is still growing strong.
With 19 garden plots and more than 30 participants, the garden has become a place for neighbors to gather and grow their own fruits and vegetables. In the garden, one will be able to find broccoli, collard greens, peas, tomatoes and corn to fig, banana and papaya trees. A large amount of the vegetables grown at the garden are given away to the community. Residents stop by on the weekends to get fresh fruits and vegetables at no charge.
Visitors from across the state and country have visited the garden to learn its secret to success. New this fall, an irrigation system is being installed and plans are in the works for a greenhouse on the property. The garden is also trying something new this fall by using a mushroom compost to enrich the soil.
The Parramore Community Garden is a great example of bringing a community together. Twice a year the garden has a harvest festival where Parramore residents come together to celebrate all of the hard work done throughout the year.
If you would like to get involved, their general meeting is held the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. and is located at 654 West Robinson Street Orlando and is open to all. For information on a garden plot, contact Lynn Nicholson at 407.719.7906.