Park Street Cultural Tour

Home on Park Street
Four Days in the Corridor
Experiencing Community
What the Kids Said

Day One
Chadbourne College
Sadie Pearson & Richard Davis
Trinity Church
Ideal Body Shop
Park Street Shoe Repair
Yee's Laundry
La Movida
Mercado Marimar
Bram's Addition

Day Two
Early Childhood Center
Yue-Wah Oriental Foods
Boys & Girls Club
Style & Grace Salon
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Romnes Apartments
Yasmin's Halal Meat Market
Miracle's Home
Neighborhood House
Italian Workmen's Club
Family Potluck

Day Three
Meriter Hospital
Bayview Mural
Bocce Ball
Beth Israel Synagogue
Wisconsin Union Hoofers
Mexico Lindo
Fishing Along Wingra Creek

Day Four
AFL-CIO (Labor Temple)
Eugene Parks
Quality Ace Hardware
Oriental Shop
Lakeside Fibers
Chicken Underground
Family Daycare
Tropical Fish World
Quann Community Gardens
Multicultural Center

Street Scenes 1
Street Scenes 2
Park Street Delights 1
Park Street Delights 2

Dane County Cultural Tour
Hmong Cultural Tour

Plants beginning to poke through the soil

Quann Park Community Gardens

Bram Street

At the gardensNew plants growing in rows in the community gardensCommunity Gardens is a gardening area by Park Street. Many cultures garden there. Some Hmong garden there. They grow plants that the other gardeners don’t know of.

Richard Davis has a plot. He grows vegetables there but he also grows other things. The Boys and Girls Club grows things also. Every year they grow red roses for peace.

The community gardens with a view of the toolshedPlants growing in the community gardensThe purpose of community gardens is to let organic food lovers grow organic food, to let you garden more than you can at your house, and so that people with less money can still garden.

Quann has been around for three years. It has ninety-six plots. It is the second largest community gardens in Madison.

The plots are the patches in which gardeners garden. The plots are twenty-two by twenty feet. Quann tries to provide raised beds for the gardeners with back problems or wheel chair. The community Garden also donates free food to food pantries so that people can have fresh vegetables and fruit.

Garlic, mustard, mint, and artichoke aren’t allowed because they germinate very far and fast and people don’t want other people’s plants to take over their own.New plants growing in rows in the gardens
New plants growing in rows in the gardens–Alexandra

To become a member you must put in six hours of work. Some of that work can include being in a committee. There are committees for many things, for example there was one for actually making the garden which most people who garden here were part of. Those people got two plots.

ThA garden hose on a pathe Hmong gardens are all close by each other because it makes them feel at home. You see lots of exotic vegetables when Straw on a garden plotyou look at a Hmong garden.

The Hmong farmers say they don’t need to weed. The reason is: they come almost every day and watch so carefully none ever come. If a plot gets too weedy, the committee in charge of it leaves a note saying to clear up the weeds.

Raised beds at the community gardensRows in the soilFor people who don’t bring tools, there is a tool shed. Everyone that is part of Community Gardens knows the combination for the lock.

The straw is provided by a committee. The dirt is brought by the truckload and people take what they need. The seeds and such come directly from a farmer. It’s nice that way so they pay her/him directly.

Straw used to cover new plants

CommunThe toolshed at the community gardensity Gardens is not just a place to garden. It is a good place to get to know people.

Link back to the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures

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