|Pryor Legacy Class of 2013|
Some of the initial planning processes brought to mind questions of whether this sort of initiative would be an aesthetic boost while having little real impact. However, what is unique to the garden beyond its established connections in the neighborhood is that it draws in an under-served population among the homeless: children. Cooking classes will be offered through Hope Faith to children four times a year with each seasonal change. Using produce grown in the garden, these children will learn the basics of nutrition, often topics that seem second nature in the realm of healthy living. In an environment where the Dollar Menu monopolizes meal times, these cooking classes are educating a delicate generation on the necessity to choose carefully. It is our hope that as children come they will act as a bridge to their parents, connecting them to a new form of community, a community built on growth and restoration and discovering a common ground with their neighbors. We recognize it will not be an immediate change, but the forward motion towards a tangible good and the presence of intentional living will bespeak hope to a once fallow area.
By planting seeds, we are planting hope. We are the Grow Paseo project.