Neighbors get to know each other better as they turn out on a typical Saturday morning to tend the Seminole Heights Community Garden, a tract of donated land that serves to grow organic veggies, flowers and assorted ornamental plants in an up-and-coming neighborhood north of Downtown Tampa.
"We have construction workers, we have moms, we have grandfathers, we have hip, urbanites, that are coming down,'' says Robin Milcowitz, the garden's founder. "They're growing food in their own yards but they want to be part of the community garden.''
Watch and listen to neighbors talk about making compost, collecting rainwater and sharing their communal harvest in this video by Frank Rodriguez.
"There's nothing like being able to go out and pick your own greens," says gardener Nick Osman. "The first time you do it you realize that that's the way you'd much rather eat because it tastes so much better.''
Frank Rodriguez is a filmmaker who works in downtown Tampa, lives in Channelside and often bicycles around town. Comments? Contact 83 Degrees.