Spring is in the air, and at the Green Impact Zone we’re getting excited about gardening. We learned a lot from Rashid Nuri, the urban gardening expert from Atlanta who spoke at our community event on March 27, and we can’t wait to get out and start digging and planting. Zone residents were inspired by Mr. Nuri, too. Here’s what one of them had to say:

“My children and I attended the Green Impact Zone Expo at Paseo Academy this Saturday. It was an eye-opening and unique family experience. The expo kicked off with a presentation by Rashid Nuri, a gardening and community building expert. He heads the Truly Living Well natural urban farm in Atlanta, Georgia. He reminded the audience that ‘The earth returns to us, what we return to the earth’ as a part of his ‘reconnecting people to their food and the land’ initiative. I will always remember this question as he further encouraged us to consider urban farming – ‘What is the opposite of death?’ Many of the listeners replied ‘life.’ But Nuri replied, ‘It is birth.’ Which is essentially what you do every time you practice positive alternatives, such as urban farming.”

If you’re planting a garden in the zone this spring, we’d love to hear from you. What are you planting? Are you an experienced gardener or a first-timer? Share your gardening photos and tips with us and we’ll put the best ones on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/greenimpactzone.