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Sunshine and a slight chill—
what a beautiful morning,
the first of CommonWealth Urban Farm’s
Saturday morning Garden Schools.

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Learning from Lia
is an enriching event,
as she shares from her 30 years
of gardening experience
and her gardening philosophy,
which is to work as part of
and support
the existing ecosystem.
Soil gets the most attention.
In fact,
simultaneously,
around the corner
is the composting operation.

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Every Saturday morning,
from four to a dozen volunteers
show up, snow or shine,
to unload rotting vegetables
collected during the week
from Whole Foods and others.
They push wheelbarrows full
to bins in the back of the lot
where compost cooks,
in various stages. Standing atop
the large bins, volunteers chop
the vegetables with a shovel,
add Cedar chips
and wait
until harvesting, when the rich,
new compost is filtered through
a tumbling screen
then applied to the vegetable garden,
where, around the corner, Lia
is demonstrating for the class
how to plant potatoes, onions,
leeks.
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After class,
volunteers who come
for the weekly CommonWork
plant
rows
of potatoes,
onions,
leeks…
Saturday morning
at CommonWealth Urban Farm
community
is thrilling.