Community spirit takes root in Turner’s Station
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 10:33

Volunteers help plant community garden

by Nicole Rodman

    Hometown pride was in full bloom as over 60 people gathered at the corner of Balnew and Cedar Avenues in Turners Station  to help plant a large community garden on May 16. The event, organized by Katherine Scott, Turners Station 4-H club advisor and wife of St. Matthews United Methodist Church pastor Rev. Dred Scott, brought together a number of community organizations and leaders.

Among those present at the event were members of the Baltimore Mariners indoor football team, including team captain Fearon Wright, who played for the Minnesota Vikings during the 2001-2002 season.
    According to Scott, it was Wright who initiated the project when his assistant contacted the newly-formed 4-H Club offering to participate in volunteer work with the organization. As soon as Scott heard the news, she began organizing the garden-planting event.
     In an interview last week, Scott, a self-described “master gardener”, asserted her belief that “gardening is what we need to do right now. “ She described the importance of teaching children, especially those growing up in urban and suburban communities, how to start gardens and grow their own food. Scott and Baltimore County 4-H educator Nia Imani Fields work with the children in the club to help them understand their impact on the environment. The community garden project seemed like a great way to reinforce these lessons.
    In addition to the Baltimore Mariners and the  4-H Club, Scott also invited Boy Scout Troop 270,  sponsored by St. Matthew’s,  and the Turners Station Recreation Council to participate in the event.
    Even Baltimore County Councilman Joseph Bartenfelder, a candidate for county executive, stopped by to get his hands dirty.
    “He planted some flowers with his bare hands,” Scott recalls.
    In the end, she feels,  the event was a rousing success. Well over 60 people crowded the garden, pitching in however that they could, from picking up trash to pulling weeds.
    “It may have been too many people,” Scott laughed. “We even had spectators sitting on the sidelines.”
    For Scott and Fields the event was about teaching children the value of gardening as well as working together as a community.
    As Fields explained in a statement to The Eagle last week, “a community working together can achieve much, and on this day, at this garden, and in this community, much was achieved!”