So, What is the Pilot Garden?
The Pilot Garden is a hope and dream that is going to fill many, many purposes in Downtown Bryan! So in many of these blog posts you will hear about the work and progress in the Pilot Garden and I thought it would be a good idea to go ahead and explain what that meant and its many purposes so that construction progress will get you just as excited as it does us!
One main purpose of the Pilot Garden is to be a demonstration garden. A main component of this entire beautiful project is to educate the community about growing vegetables. Gardening is surprisingly simple and can really enhance your life! We want to show you this and several techniques that you can implement in your own backyard. We will have things like raised beds, window boxes, pallet beds, and mason jars. We want you to also see that you can use household items to grow healthy food.
With the sheer beauty of having veggies and plants growing all around – the garden with also beautify the Downtown area. City beautification is a big part of this project. Using nature to make urban areas beautiful is a really popular and logical idea these days and Bryan wants to be a part of that movement.
Another use for the garden is a venue. It has an old loading dock that we are going to transform into a stage. Bands will be able to play there which could open the garden up to being a small concert venue or even just an event that has a band playing. We would love for this garden to be thought of for formals, reunions, banquets, concerts, and other events- big and small.
The garden will serve as many things but the most important is that it will serve as a stepping stone for this whole Distributive Urban Farming Initiative! First step Pilot Garden, second step vacant lots, third step the world!