In February of 2015 the city government of Madrid contracted out permits to expand the community garden spaces around the city, and the neighborhood association associated with Adelfas was granted a massive lot across the street from the railroad tracks (and from our older, smaller garden) to develop into a green space. (“We dug up a parking lot…and put up a paradise!”) By March 2015 we were up to our knees designing, measuring and shoveling in the new space. It was so incredibly exciting to see our efforts and dreams come to fruition and welcome all the neighbors who came down, asked questions and got their hands dirty.
Two years ago this March I was living in Madrid, Spain. I had become a regular at the Adelfas Urban Community Garden where we would meet weekly to plant, water and chat in our tiny sliver of green below the RENFE railway lines.
I’ve since left Madrid, but the Adelfas Urban Community Garden is still going strong. To see more of the work being done there check out the blog: http://huertourbanodeadelfas.blogspot.com.es
I miss the garden, but I miss the people most of all – and our mid-day post-gardening chilled beers and potato chips under the membrillo tree. Big kisses and happy memories to Madrid and the beautiful Adelfas team.