Bumper summer crop projected for AAPDEP’s 5TH Ward community garden in Houston

HOUSTON – From mid-March through the first two weekends in April, All African People's Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP) members and supporters worked diligently preparing the 5th Ward Community Garden for its summer 2011 planting. 

After successful fall and winter crops, this summer crop, based on knowledge learned from last summer’s yield,  is expected to produce bumper fruits and vegetables this year.

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Nykeba Griffin, Houston AAPDEP Member

The garden has also been enlarged for this summer’s planting. Seven new rows, along with sugarcane and strawberry patches have also been added. In addition, we are also building a compost this year.

This year's planting which we concluded on April 10,  includes okra (rough and
smooth), corn, pimento, jalapeno, red bell, yellow bell and green bell peppers; straight neck, zucchini, and yellow squash, a variety of cucumbers, yellow and green onions, red cherry, chroma, and regular tomatoes, red and yellow meat watermelons, cantaloupes, lima beams, Kentucky wonder green beans, and purple hull peas, mustard, collard, and turnip greens, Swiss chard and garden beets, romaine lettuce and radish, oregano (herb), basil and carrots.

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Lettuce, collard greens, and carrots from fall and winter crops

Our major concern this year is a projected drought. So we will be diligently working to build some sort of irrigation system, which will include water tanks and the harvesting and storing of rainwater.

Among our fundraising efforts, we will conduct a membership drive with the upcoming April 30 Big Fish Fry fundraiser, from 10am til 6pm. Buy your ticket today!

Also, the AAPDEP 5th Ward Community Garden and Food Co-Op will co-sponsor, along with the Office of the Chairman, the second One Africa! One Nation! Market Place and Festival, tentatively scheduled to commemorate Juneteenth in Houston this year.

Presently, we plan to bring AAPDEP Director Dr. Aisha Fields,  and African People’s Socialist Party-USA Chairman, Omali Yeshitela, as keynote speakers at the event.

What You Can Do!

  1. Make a Financial  Contribution to AAPDEP and/or the 5th Ward Garden (Contact Houston AAPDEP Treasurer James Coleman: Jcole43@sbcglobal.net or mail to 3707 Brill Street Houston, Texas 77026
  2. Make a donation of seeds, plants, or garden tools to the Garden
  3. Become a dues paying, card carrying member of AAPDEP
  4. Bring your skills and labor to the 5th Ward Garden and AAPDEP
  5. Just come on by and spend some weekend time with us



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Houston Garden leader, Jody Burnett working on irrigation system for garden


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