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Garden in Columbus’s South Side neighborhood stands as beacon of light

Holly Zachariah
 
| The Columbus Dispatch

As the beat of West African drums carried through the neighborhood and the smoke from a fire built especially for s’mores swirled in the air, Iesha Hardy snaked her way through the garden beds and plucked some of the last of this season’s harvest.

Into her plastic bags she stuffed eggplant and tomatoes and collard greens and kale — and that was just to start. Daughter Bella had picked a pumpkin from the patch and dropped it into a bag, too.

That this bounty for their tummies was plentiful was a blessing, Hardy said, but the nourishment of the soul that has come to them by way of this postage-stamp patch of land on Berkeley Road is what has mattered to her family the most.

“They’ve built something beautiful here,” said Hardy, a 29-year-old insurance claims adjuster. “In a neighborhood where there isn’t so

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‘Beacon of hope’: New mural brightens community garden in Southeast DC

The art helps to shine a light on the Southeast D.C. garden as it serves as a source of food during a time of need amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Local artists Mark Garrett and Dietrich Williams pose with a mural at the Hopkins Community Park in Southeast D.C.

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A child helps to paint a mural at the Hopkins Community Park in Southeast D.C.

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Artists pose in front of a new mural at the Hopkins Community Park in Southeast D.C.

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A child helps to paint a mural at the Hopkins Community Park in Southeast D.C.

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Residents pose while helping to paint a mural at the Hopkins Community Park in Southeast D.C.

Courtesy Ayanah George Photography

A new art display is brightening up a community park in Southeast D.C. that helps provide food to local

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