Comments by Will

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Written on Gardens With a Mission: Can Community Gardens Alleviate the Problems of Knoxville's Struggling Neighborhoods?:

I am troubled by the depiction of Tribe One in this article.

Maybe it's the focus on how the children were troublesome, hard to control, disinterested in the garden. Maybe it's description of the garden: forgotten, rotting away, neglected. It almost seems as if the writing takes on a different tone when she talks about Tribe, compared to the other gardens.

But maybe I imagined it.

I happened to be in the neighborhood of Tribe One today and I walked back behind the building to take a look at the garden. It looks quite well tended. I didn't see any "melons rotting on the vine". The paths were well mowed, not weedy and overgrown as described in the article.

While the writer may feel that there is no way to get kids interested in gardening, based on the reactions that she depicts in the article, I don't see it as being all that different from learning about anything else. Think about the first time you were exposed to Algebra, or Shakespeare, or even forced to dress out for Gym. It's no surprise that kids weren't immediately enthusiastic about something that looks like dirty, hot work.

But I hated algebra when I learned it in school. Now I make my living doing math, and I enjoy my work quite a bit.

Exposing these kids to gardening will have a positive impact, in the long run.

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