This morning Urban Farmer Arthur Culbert sent the following note and accompanying photos which I am delighted to bring to your attention.
Good morning Nicki. I hope you are well. I wanted to share with you that I was Inspired by Mary Engelbreit's work (see previous post) and I wondered what I could do. Nancy and I decided to miss a week (first in four years) of deliveries to our two food pantries here in the CWE (Trinity and Second Presbyterian Churches) and instead take this beautiful bounty, above, of more than 100 pounds of fresh greens and other vegetables to the residents of Ferguson.
We connected with Herc, co-owner of Red's Barbecue, in red apron above. Herc was delighted to help with the distribution throughout the day making sure it reached the hands of residents in Ferguson. As Herc said, "It doesn't get any better and that barbecue and fresh greens will put a smile on the faces of many."
Pictured from left are Arthur Culbert, Herc, Arthur & Nancy Culbert's daughter Katie Patton, Nancy, and Shaun, co-owner of Red's Barbecue.
I believe that we can all make a difference. Arthur
Stop by and see the bountiful CWE Farm located on Waterman a couple of blocks west of Kingshighway. Arthur has done an incredible job of providing fresh produce for the neighborhood food pantries, as mentioned above. His program has become part of the curriculum at the neighborhood's New City School too. Read more about it here and here.
Landscape designer Steve Schultz has created a very dense and lush sidewalk garden for the Residences at Forest Park Hotel, located at 4910 West Pine. The plantings pictured above and in the photos below wrap the corner of the building at Euclid.
There's been a dramatic change in the landscape along the 5100 block of Delmar, see above. Following the planting of thousands of sunflower seeds in May by a team of hard-working volunteers, it's suddenly possible to wander among the flowers in a block that had until May been mostly a barren stretch of vacant land. Though the parcel lies just east of the Glass Factory, which has enjoyed such great success and attracted huge crowds, it has sat idle for many years. The transformation was spearheaded by Alderman Lyda Krewson along with her Sunflower Team, Richard Reilly of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Don Koster, WU School of Architecture, Jim Dwyer, Central West End Association, Doug Auer, Third Degree Glass Factory, and Mike Owens, whose efforts earned him the nickname, "Dirt Farmer J."
The Delmar + Sunflower Project was accomplished in association with the Land-Lab Project, a collaboration between the city of St. Louis and Washington University, and was funded in part by contributions from the Missouri Department of Conservation, the City of St. Louis and the St. Louis Garden Club.
One of several types of bees, above, that are attracted to the garden.
Six months ago it would have seemed implausible to think that we would be enjoying a Sunday evening happy hour at the site, but that's exactly what occurred last evening. Those who attended the event were knocked out by what had taken place in such a short time. The block is now stunningly beautiful and oh so quiet.
Not all of the plants are blooming yet, but most of the ones that are face slightly northeast. I learned last evening that the flowers lock in place when the sun hits the blooms as they first open. Wherever the sun is when that occurs, that's the direction the blooms continue to face.
Several neighborhood children found the mulch pile hugely attractive.
Cabanne Schlafly Howard and daughter Isabelle presented a photo op for Abigail Reid (in blue) and Molly Hirsch (in hat).
Several city officials showed up to help celebrate the occasion, including Jennifer Florida, former alderman of the 15th Ward and recently appointed Recorder of Deeds, Alderman Shane Cohn of the 25th Ward, Christine Ingrassia of the 6th Ward, Don Roe, Director of Planning and Urban Design, and Steven Gregali, Special Assistant to Mayor Slay. Ingrassia and Cohn mentioned they would like to take this idea to their own neighborhoods. Both Mary Lou Green of Operation Brightside and CWEnder Tracy Boaz from the Missouri Department of Conservation were there too.
It's interesting that this project has brought such a wide variety of people together to work for the betterment of the neighborhood. Each of us left the celebration with a sunflower and a desire to return often and check the progress of the Sunflower + Delmar Project. Lyda and her team should be commended for an amazing change to the landscape, which in turn has changed the perception of a block on Delmar.
Author Susan Vreeland at Left Bank Books Tues. 7 p.m. author of "Girl in Hyacinth Blue" to discuss "Lisette's List" available at special "staycation" 20% off. Sample complimentary wine & French confections during reading, free event but click on link to rsvp, 399 N. Euclid.
Pop Up Museum across from Pulitzer Foundation Sun. 9/7 Noon to 4, a pop-up created by the people, for the people. Bring object to tell story about STL's unique approach to food, music, architecture, etc., like "Antiques Roadshow" meets "Story Corps," under the "Lots" installation (a temporary construction by Freecell Architecture.