The fate of a westside urban gardening program for kids looked bleak this spring after city officials hauled away a large pile of mulch needed to create growing beds on vacant lots.
But Mother Love’s Garden is in the midst of another bountiful summer thanks, in part, to community support following an IndyStar story about the program’s unexpected challenge.
Tysha Ahmad, who operates the garden and camp, said after word spread about the mulch removal, a landscaping company, Heath Outdoor, donated mulch to the gardens and two other loads were delivered through ChipDrop. A private resident also donated $250.
“We needed so much because we just redid the garden beds,” Ahmad told IndyStar. “We’ll utilize all of it within the next few weeks.”
The city does not allow the long-term storage of mulch due to public health concerns, a spokesperson for the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County