The Community Garden in Lake Highlands Is ‘citizen Involvement at Its Best'

“This is a joy for me to do this. This is my baby,” says Robert Gross, 75. He nods toward a windy hilltop garden built on top of asphalt and caliche, where this year he aims to harvest 3,000 pounds of greens, potatoes, field peas, okra and sweet potatoes to feed Dallas’ hungry.Gross, a working geologist, manages the large donation garden at Lake Highlands Community Garden ( built on an erstwhile parking lot and wedged among Dallas code enforcement, water department and police vehicle-maintenance buildings.The 2.27-acre garden — a former Texas National Guard Armory property now owned by the city — is a respite of green in an otherwise industrial setting. Here, 125 gardeners organically nurture food crops in 88 raised beds. A few also tend the site’s communal rain garden, beehives, trial garden, herb garden and monarch butterfly way station.The nonprofit community garden near White Rock Lake, celebrating its 10th anniversary April 8, will acknowledge the milestone with a festival attended by gardeners and public officials at 7901 Goforth Road.  Continue reading...

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