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Historic West End*Atlanta*GA


Starting Your Spring Garden
FROM Truly Living Well (

A local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) managed by Mr. K. Rashid Nuri…

Mr. K. Rashid Nuri

Now is the time to plan and build an organic spring garden at your home. What is the first step?

Determine the best place for your garden. The garden should be located in an area that is fully exposed to the sun. You will pay more attention to your garden the nearer it is to the house. Make sure that water is readily available.

The single most important factor in creating a successful garden is soil preparation. I call it dirt making. Get the soil right.  If you create good healthy soil, the plants which grow in that soil will also be healthy. Healthy plants are disease resistant.

Begin soil preparation by gently turning the soil. If this is the first time the land is being used to grow food, a tiller may prove helpful. Too much tillage destroys soil structure. Subsequent soil preparation can be done with a spade or garden fork.

After opening the soil add copious amounts of organic material such as compost, leaf mold, well rotted sawdust or decomposed animal manure. You can make your own compost or purchase it from most garden supply stores.

Compost is the key to successful gardening. Compost added to gardens improves soil structure, texture, aeration, and water retention. When mixed with compost, clay soils are lightened, and sandy soils retain water better. Mixing compost with soil also contributes to erosion control, soil fertility, proper pH balance, and healthy root development in plants.

Make beds in the garden that are separated by walkways. You do not want to walk in the area that you plant with vegetables. Walking on a vegetable bed compacts the soil and retards plant growth.

Utilize the garden space wisely. Select crops you will eat and enjoy. You must like what you plant or the garden space and the food will both be wasted. Decide what you want to plant and where you will plant it. Know what you will plant after the spring season crop is finished. Southern exposure has the most light. Tall crops should be planted on the north and west side of the garden to prevent shading of smaller plants.



Did you know? June 22, 2009

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lemon_basil Some people eat garlic to keep the mosquitos away but there are some that claim that eating basil has the same effect. So, grab a couple of leaves from your herb garden, chew and see if it works. GA mosquitos are relentless but I’ll give it a try!

Other uses for basil:

Basil leaves’ juice is an astringent and excellent tonic for the skin.

Nose-bleeding (epistaxis):
Keep some basil blossoms with you and smell them every now and again. In chronic cases, a drop of the essence of basil blossom put in the handkerchief and smelt at intervals cures the problem almost totally. Drinking basil juice with honey is also recommended.

Blood pressure:
The drinking of basil-leaf tea keeps the blood pressure even

Add a little tincture of camphor to the juice of 10 leaves of basil. Instill a drop or two of the mixture in the ear for instant relief.

Dry some basil blossoms in the shade and grind to a fine powder; mix two grams of the powder with a dessert-spoonful of honey and lick it slowly. A second dose, if needed, may be taken in the evening. An excellent remedy, when others have failed (AKN)!

For more uses check out the website below.



COMPOSTING starts at home… May 1, 2009

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BOKASHI- is a lot faster than traditional composting and works in an entirely different way. Instead of rotting, bokashi ferments food waste, then breaks it down into enzymes and amino acids directly usable by plant roots. The fermentation stage takes about two weeks, and the composting phase takes between two to four weeks. (Ann Lovejoy-

Does it work?


EARTH DAY @ WEST END PARK April 19, 2009



VICTORY GARDENS March 12, 2009

We learn about our past so we can understand our present.

Check out these vintage posters…so lovely! They’ve inspired me to try my own.

Also-check out our other posts re: victory gardens in the Historic West End!

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This week’s workshop, “Kitchen Herb Gardens” will be led by Kyla Zaro-Moore, of Oakhurst Community Gardens.               


For more info contact Chinyelu @ 404-492-3342

Amakiasu @ 678-683-3624


WEST END B-BALL TEAM-did you know? January 25, 2009

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Did you know the West End has a local basketball team & they’ve  JUST WON TWO GAMES IN A ROW!!! Woo Hoo! The boys are doing a great job. Show your team + neighborhood spirit by cheering them-on at the next game or making a small donation to Ryan to help w/ team expenses.

Next game is Saturday 

Location: Thomasville Recreation Center

835 Henry Thomas Dr SE

Atlanta, GA 30315

(404) 624-0816

WE HAD SO MUCH FUN CHEERING THE TEAM ON…(and guess what? youth can’t get in trouble if they’re busy playing sports and releasing energy-THANKS RYAN!!!)








City Threatens West End’s Fire Safety January 21, 2009

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In light of our fire-house closing and the removal of equipment from the Westview station, I decided to post info on volunteering for fire dept to protect the community in the event of an emergency.


There are about 1.1 million firefighters in the United Sates. Three out of four — more than 800,000 in all — are volunteers, according to the National Volunteer Fire Council. The NVFC estimates that volunteer firefighters save this country $37 billion a year. In most communities, volunteers are our first line of defense in emergencies ranging from everyday accidents and fires to natural disasters and terrorist attacks.


Article: Be a Hometown Hero: Volunteer Firefighters By George DeVault



What an absolutely wonderful clean-up! Thanks to EVERYONE  who came out. It was a very special day. For those of you who missed it: we had huge children + youth participation, everyone worked hard and the park looks MUCH better than when we started.

We picked up garbage, scooped poop, mulched around trees and re-mulched the playground. It’s important to note: there’s those who complain and then there’s those who get things done. I’m grateful for all you who came out to get things done. The world is only as wonderful or as horrible as we make it, we each have a personal responsibility to not just our individual well-being but to our community’s overall progress. We must seek to co-existence in a way that’s grounded in love and respect for each other.

Best MLK day I’ve ever had. Thank you-a million trillion times!!! Pa’lante  (we move forward-always) so glad to be here!




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On Monday, January 19, 2009, the Urban Agriculture Committee of NPU-T will continue its educational project of clearing kudzu from the bottomlands of the CVC Urban Farm at 779 Atwood Street (30310) (PAOCC Site). The farm’s bottomlands have been identified by Organic Farmer Rashid Nuri of Truly Living Well Farms as soil of extraordinarily good tilth and high fertility, and expansion into this area is expected to double the farm’s production in 2009. This is an exciting development at the farm, and will allow participants to perform a service to their community at a neighborhood food project while at the same time, learning to clear Kudzu organically as you would want to in your own backyard.

This opportunity to learn while providing service to our community is an educational project of the NPU-T Horticultural Education/Urban Agriculture Committee. Debbie Zimmerman, Co-Founder of the Rose Circle Community Garden, will instruct newbie kudzu-clearers on safe, organic, and complete methods of kudzu removal.


Members of Slow Food Atlanta are performing community service at the CVC Urban Farm by participating in the Kudzu Removal project on January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Joining the project on that day will enable you to learn not just about kudzu removal but also about Slow Food Atlanta’s initiative.

Volunteers should bring tools if they have them, such as a shovel (Short, with a D-Handle, is highly recommended, but any garden shovel will work); garden clippers or garden loppers, and garden gloves. Wear sturdy boots and expect them to get muddy.


Water and snacks will be provided.


For more information, please email Stephanie Radbill, CVC Urban Farm Manager at or call Stephanie at 770-401-2992