After many volunteers helped us to build a garden that the Residents could see. Preparing the soil, putting in PVC pipes, and finally planting many vegetables, finally the day the first two were picked.
Many attribute the success of the garden to the “Monsoon Rains” we have had, but I feel it is the hard work of one of our recent Residents, José Herrera. Although José is in a wheelchair, he goes out everyday to water the garden, pull weeds, puts sticks to make the plants stand upright. He keeps the watering hose nozzle in his chair; so that he makes sure he has it when he needs it. There are times he is literally in with the vegetables, trying to pull the weeds. One Sister said one day she could see his feet sticking out of the plants.
The one question the other Residents ask him each day is “How is the Garden?” It started as a Garden for the Residents, but José, took all his time and interest. We are so happy to finally get our vegetables coming up, but more so we are happy for our “gardener” José who has done a great job of caring for the garden. Thank you, José!