The start of a really inspiring project always has its somewhat rough beginnings. For Latham Street, it was a matter of getting things onto the roof without anything but a small pulley, a ladder, and many helping hands. Located off of Penn Avenue, a bus-filled bustling stretch through the city, Latham street has a distinctly urban atmosphere. It is a mash-up of many different kinds of people, lots of activity, and a beautiful history of the members within in the community.
One of the strengths of Latham Street is that it represents a conglomeration of people who live within a small proximity of each other, yet may not have a space to let their needs and ideas flourish. What better way to communicate needs than over a growing pot of possibilities with food as the common denominator? One of our bigger projects this summer has been to create a system of efficiently growing, harvesting, and delivering food to members within the community. We have established a wall garden, which will produce fresh greens on a rotational basis. Along with this, we have had several events that encouraged members of the community or passerby’s to write a kind note to be attached with the delivery. As the summer progresses we will mark up what houses have received these food gifts, and how people react to such an act of sharing. Our goal is vague, but it is simple: we are providing space for the community to grow in whatever way it needs. Latham Street is not something imposed and established, it is something with potential, something alive, a living organism that will reflect the people that participate within it.
Excited to see what it will transform into over the summer!