According to the calendar on the City of Hudson website, the Hudson Community Development & Planning Agency (HCDPA) is meeting on Thursday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m. At their last meeting, on November 7, the Hudson Community Garden, at Columbia and Second streets, was the topic of impassioned discussion.
The Hudson Community Garden has been in its current location for twenty years, evolving and developing a unique ecosystem. Forty families have plots in the garden and grow a significant amount of their food there. Because, back in 2009, long term mayor Rick Scalera identified the lots at the corner of Second and Warren, which were acquired by the City in the 1970s, as one of three areas where Habitat for Humanity could build, it is Habitat's expectation that they can uproot the garden and build from three to five more of their passive solar houses there, pursuing their "campaign and commitment to build out the street."
This morning, as the meeting approaches that could possibly decide the fate of the community garden, the garden directors, Sarah Falkner and Vanessa Baehr, announced on the community garden's Facebook page a project designed to be visible evidence of the community's support for the garden. They have invited supporters and well-wishers to collaborate in creating a mural on a large banner to be hung on the garden's fences through the winter. In their words, "This will bring color and love to the corner this winter and will show the board of HCDPA that we use the garden as a means to come together even after the harvest has ended." The theme of the mural is nature, food, and community, and people are invited to show what the garden means to them by painting a picture, writing their thoughts or a poem, or just adding their hand print.
The work on the mural started this afternoon and is still going on--until 6 p.m.--at Wellness Collective, 514 Warren Street. Tomorrow--Tuesday, December 3--it will continue in the Children's Room of the Hudson Area Library at 400 State Street from 3 to 6 p.m. On Wednesday, December 4, there are two sites where you can give your visible support: at Sketch, 701 Warren Street, from 2 to 6 p.m., and at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South Third Street, from 3 to 5 p.m. The plan is to hang the mural on Thursday morning prior to the HCDPA meeting, which takes place at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.