Gardener Story: Avon Standard

Year: 
2013
Neighborhood: 
Slavic Village

Upon meeting Avon Standard it quickly became apparent why he is now managing a second community garden, Regent Community Garden in Slavic Village.  He became involved in the mid 90’s and has continued to lead the efforts ever since. This includes using the large tractor and rototiller to turn and prepare the soil. Standing in the hoop house that opened last year his sense of enthusiasm is contagious.  The hoop house was featured in 'Minority Land Owner' magazine and now contains early thriving vegetables that will be shielded from adverse conditions and the groundhogs that would like to come for lunch.

The ‘summer sprout’ garden plots as they are aptly called are richly filled with peppers, sweet potatoes, greens, swiss chard and just about any vegetable variety. Interspersed amongst the plots are several beautiful fruit trees planted by Avon.

While visiting Avon, several other gardeners arrived to work the soil and plant vegetables to feed their families. Since the garden produces an abundance of fresh vegetables, Avon ensures that there are plenty of leftovers during harvest season to deliver to many local churches and agencies to share.

 Avon came to Cleveland from Mississippi when he was 18 and raised his family here.  He likes Cleveland for its pace, saying it is not too slow and not too fast. His many friends and family members are here and that is what makes it a great place to live.

If you meet Avon at GardenWalk, be sure to ask him about some of the special healthy recipes that utilize the fruits of his labor. He will be happy to share them!