And on Saturday morning in Jacksonville Beach, about 60 volunteers joined forces to break ground and begin work on the newest community garden at the Beaches. It covers only about one-tenth of an acre at the southwest corner of South Eighth Street and Fourth Avenue South. But given the amount of people working just on its first day, it was evident the garden brought interest from many corners.
“There’s this impression that community gardening is a middle-class hobby. Actually, it’s a working-class necessity,” said Carol Kartsonis, founder of Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens, which helped to organize and develop the project.