An idea that was a mere seed last year has blossomed into a full-blown garden outside the Brookline Department of Public Health (BDPH) on Pierce Street. This spring, staff at BDPH approached Alan Balsam, Director of Health and Human Services, to propose a garden outside their building. With Alan's enthusiastic support, the staff created space on their property for a vegetable and herb garden.
The High Street Veterans Community Garden started three years ago in the High Street Veterans Public Housing Apartments. With advice and funding obtained by Bountiful Brookline and support of the Brookline Housing Authority, volunteers without previous gardening experience turned a brick and concrete terrace into a lush, productive garden that now serves 10 families. In this column HSVCG volunteers share step-by-step what they do each month to grow food in their garden at the top of the steps.