Neighbors forced to pull up community garden in Midtown neighborhood

Neighbors in an area of Midtown are sadly pulling up roots -- those of their beautiful snow pea, strawberry and lettuce plants
March 6, 2014 4:03:29 PM PST
Neighbors in an area of Midtown are sadly pulling up roots today. They'll stay in the area of 2720 Baldwin Street but their beautiful snow pea, strawberry and lettuce plants will not.

After a 2010 development project didn't go through on the piece of land, neighbors contacted the owner to see if they could start a community garden. Since then the garden and camaraderie in the neighborhood have only grown.

It's been fantastic, especially for me because I'm from London and didn't know anyone when I first got to Houston. A fantastic way to meet people and part of the Texan myth is self sufficiencies," gardener Annette Lee said.

Just this week neighbors were notified the property has been sold and the fence, plants and plots must be removed. Those who have gardens here say they knew the day might come, but they were hoping their produce would keep growing. One gardener says she's trying to pull up what she can and hopes to replant part of her garden in containers on her apartment balcony.

"We knew, we were lucky to have it for three years. We enjoyed it, but it was a lot of work. We would like to see more of the fruits of our labor before it's destroyed," gardener Margie Schnell said.

When we asked Scott Harbers what the garden has meant to this community he said, "The magic word you've uttered is community. This has been a place where people have been able to grow food for their tables, meet their neighbors, interact with each other, get to know each other, and actually talk."

Eyewitness News has placed calls to the owner asking for a comment on the future of the property.

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