It was just starting to truly prosper when all of a sudden, a category four hurricane Irma came along and wiped out two thirds of the trees on the property, along with severe other damages. The garden went from around two hundred plants, to sixty, and since then, the garden has been trying to recover. In addition to the initial detrimental effects of Irma, Patrick, who had lost his housing himself, had no one who could really help him get the garden back on track except for a few people occasionally. Everyone was so busy with repairing their own houses, and working, that no one could spare the time to work on the garden with Patrick, even eight months later, so this shows how much Patrick needed our help.
We arrived at eight thirty, learned about the significance of the garden, were split into groups, and immediately began working for the next six hours. Some groups were in charge of picking weeds everywhere, spreading mulch, cleaning up trash and debris, planting more trees, and securing the fence around the perimeter of the garden. I was in charge of securing the fence with Joseph, and we tied on fencing wire and brackets to the existing loose fence, and out up that was already there to make sure that the key deer wouldn’t be able to eat the plants. In addition, after we finished with the fence, I helped pull tons of weeds and helped get trash to the front, make concrete and plat multiple plants. I had such a great experience doing all of this, it felt amazing to give back to a community that was in such need with such a great cause behind it’s organization. I was honored to be a part of an important cause.
– Rachel Hendry