Yes, you got that right, the SWAT team! We sure had an interesting day picking our first harvest at the Boone Street community garden and urban farm!
Here I am with our first vegetable harvest of white and red radishes. That's Lolita, one of the neighbors and frequent garden visitor standing next to me.
So there we were, giddily snapping pictures of the radishes on Cheryl's cell phone. Immediately after this picture was taken, I turned my head...
And saw people running towards us with automatic weapons and full SWAT gear!
It turns out the SWAT team was invading a house right next to our row of radishes! My friend Cheryl, Lolita, and I were waved out, and we ran down the street past the police blockade. Luckily there was no altercation with anyone inside the house, and I don't even know if people were arrested or not. The funny thing is, we had actually met a few of the people in the house as we were gardening, and they were really quite nice. Of course, I don't know if there were multiple apartments inside that building and the police were coming for someone else we hadn't met.
Waiting around outside the police blockade was actually a nice way to meet our neighbors around the garden! And people were almost as excited to see our radishes as they were to see the SWAT team! A lot of them said they had never seen white radishes before, and were excited to see that something actually grew in the abandoned lot.
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My goodness, I knew urban gardening was exciting, but I didn't expect it to be quite this exciting!
You can see the red radishes more in this pic, although Lolita was blinking!