Madalyn Warren emailed from her home in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York to say that “community urban gardens are the single most important grassroots effort for people to participate in.”

Ms. Warren was in town for the commemorative events associated with the 40th anniversary of Dr. King’s death in Memphis. She said that while she was here, she asked about Memphis’ urban garden programs and was put in touch with the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. In turn, she talked with Lovell Pratcher, who was a friendly, helpful source of information.

Ms. Warren emphasized that for urban gardens to be successful, they need community support and urged Memphians to support them. There’s no time like the present, because it’s the time of the year to get the beds prepared and planted. Already, she is exchanging information with Mr. Pratcher and promises to send garlic to plant here.

GrowMemphis is the urban garden program of Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, and it is collaborating with three low-income neighborhoods in Memphis – Orange Mound (where one was planted in 2002), Midtown North (Hollywood Springdale) and St. Augustine Parkway Gardens.

For information on this fine program, click here.