Thought's In A Press

Hope Restored In A Press: A Garden Grows from Recovery and Penance in Bushwick

In Activism on March 27, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Mr. Luis A. Ramos, 46, who lives next door, started clearing the lot two years ago. “When I came to this lot, it was full of weeds this high,” said Ramos, who is five feet five, holding his hand at shoulder level.

While Bushwick has other community gardens built on formerly vacant lots, the fledgling Himrod Wilson garden may be the newest. But what’s invisible amid the greenery – and most distinctive about the plot – is the before and after of Ramos’s life. The garden showcases his journey from addiction to activism as much as it does the tomato plants that by August spill over the tops of their supporting stakes.

Miriam Gonzalez, a neighbor who has lived on the block for 13 years, says that Ramos restored what had been an abandoned corner. “We used to chase rats away that came scurrying out of that lot,” Gonzalez recalled.

Ramos hauled away garbage and cut brush. He built a compost bin, fashioned a cistern out of a blue barrel, replenished much of the soil, and erected the plywood frames that surround each bed. Just outside the garden, Ramos installed a low wooden fence around three young pin oaks. He painted the fence celeste green.

Rafael Garcia, who has worked at the glass business across Wilson Avenue for 23 years, said that before Ramos came along the city cleaned the lot once every year. “We think the guy is doing a wonderful job,” said Garcia.

These Photo’s That I Took Detailing The Progress Of My Vision And Endeavor That Seemed Like An Impossible Dream. Hope That Any Person That Visit’s My Blog May Be Able To Enjoy And Participate In My Vision For Our Community, And Thereby Donate To Our Collective Hope Restored. Thank You. Luis A. Ramos

Please Feel Free To Donate In This Endeavor, I Will Thank All With A Mention In Future Post’s, As Well As Invite All To All Future Event’s Held At This Community Garden.



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