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Neighbors discover neighborhood in Franklin backyard

Sarina Fordice picks cherry tomatoes from her space in the Williamson County Community Garden in Franklin on August 13, 2020. The garden is run by Williamson County Parks and Recreation and there is a waiting list to get a spot.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Sarina Fordice plucked cherry tomatoes from the vine and positioned them in her crimson basket on a cloudy August afternoon.

She checked on the remainder of her crops and greens inside her neatly manicured backyard field together with her two canine underfoot. The brand new irrigation system designed to water her crops had already completed for the day.

Her produce mission is just two heaps down from her home locally backyard on Everbright Avenue run by Williamson County Parks and Recreation.

“I did issues a little bit bit otherwise this yr,” she stated. “I wish to take my tomatoes proper earlier than they’re ripe, so they do not cut up open. Now I’m ready on issues to chill off so I can begin placing in my fall crops.”

Sarina Fordice brings her dogs with her to pick vegetables at the Williamson County Community Garden in Franklin on August 13, 2020. Around five years ago, Franklin's Everbright Street started a community garden. It's now run by Williamson County Parks and Recreation and there is waiting list to get a spot.

Fordice is certainly one of 30 individuals who use the beds within the backyard, which is residence to 39 bins sporting all kinds of produce and flowers.

“Due to COVID-19, I feel individuals wish to be out right here with the earth,” she stated. “I’ve lived right here for 3 years and persons are combating to get these beds. Canines are allowed right here and so are children. Individuals have been interested in it as a result of they wish to be part of one thing, and it means they can nonetheless be a part of neighborhood.”

How the backyard began

By way of the final seven years, the backyard has had a number of iterations, in accordance with Krystal Turner with WCPR.

“We have now some good hearts on this backyard,” she stated.

Some people are growing flowers in their space at the Williamson County Community Garden in Franklin on August 13, 2020.

The backyard landed in its present location after its former website throughout the road turned an Academy Park parking zone.

Earlier than the parks division took again the plot, Little bit of Earth Neighborhood Backyard dealt with rising meals and giving it to the neighborhood. By way of the initiative, Chris Whitney, founding father of faith-based nonprofit One Gen Away, additionally used the land for recent produce at hand out at his meals drives.

That very same spirit is what Turner stated exists within the backyard right now however for any resident who desires to attempt their hand with spades and seeds.

“What higher option to nonetheless deliver individuals collectively than by means of this,” she stated, standing in the midst of the pebbled walkway. “You’ve gotten inexpensive housing throughout the road together with Academy Park, plus neighbors right here who simply need some area to develop.”

Traci Hamby — who helps Turner oversee the backyard with WCPR — stated she hoped for a future with grasp gardener courses as soon as COVID-19 precautions allowed teams to satisfy.

Sarina Fordice picks cherry tomatoes from her garden plot at the Williamson County Community Garden in Franklin on August 13, 2020.

“Individuals actually just like the neighborhood area we will present to them,” she stated. “This has grow to be greater than we envisioned than once we first began. In reality, I’d say that it is even higher.”

Concerning the neighborhood backyard

The Williamson County Neighborhood Backyard is positioned instantly throughout from the Academy Park Gymnasium at 120 Everbright Ave. in Franklin.

You could request a plot of your individual to plant and have a tendency by emailing

Emily West is a reporter with The Tennessean, masking Franklin and Williamson County. Observe her on Twitter at @emwest22 and e mail her at 


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