Our Pacific Street Bear’s garden turned 30 this month.
We gathered last week Saturday to celebrate thirty years of keeping our garden green and open to the neighborhood and beyond. This garden is a testament to the resilience and commitment of our past and current membership as we all put in our sweat and tears to ensure neighborhood families and residents have their oasis and sanctuary in the middle of Flatbush Avenue.
Certainly this cannot happen just by coincidence and whim. There has to be vision and determination, and founding members who have paved the way for us gardeners to follow in their footsteps. Jon Crow is one who welcomed me into the Bear’s garden back in 1999 is the heart––lungs and liver too––of our garden. He is the grease that gets that squeaky wheel going and that buzzy bee in the bonnet that gets things going and going and going and…
Our 30th Anniversary Celebration made clear how invaluable collaboration and good will an organization needs in order to keep roots in the neighborhood healthy and strong.
While this day acknowledged the successes of the garden and its members, we know we are not alone.
Whether it’s the mall staff who keep our sidewalks clean and plow after all the snow storms, or our local politicos whose reimbursement grants help pay our water bill, we are thankful to our community-at-large.
Not to mention all the friends who’ve given financial, emotional, and physical support in keeping our garden the force of nature that it has become.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.