|Luckett Community Garden at a Glance|
|Garden Type:||Neighborhood Garden|
|Host Organization:||Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful|
|Number of Plots:||46|
|Languages:||English and Spanish|
|Amenities:||Electricity, running water, irrigated beds, security camera, fenced in|
The Luckett Community Garden and Tree Farm, 1037 Manning St., was launched in 2003 by Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful and the Dalworth Weed & Seed Steering Committee, with the aid of a Weed & Seed grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Contrary to popular connotations, the Weed & Seed program’s goal is to weed out crime and seed in beneficial intervention and crime prevention programs. The application was filed based on the Broken Window theory which posits that a community that is apathetic when it comes to litter, code violations and community improvement, will experience a downward spiral that leads to crime, lower property values and a poor quality of life. Contrarily, a community that takes a proactive approach to these problems will experience less crime, higher property values and a better quality of life. Thus, the Luckett Community Garden and Tree Farm is a crime fighting garden!
The garden includes 46 raised beds that measure 12 feet by 4 feet and are constructed out of untreated pine. Two of the beds are 33 inches tall for our gardeners in wheel chairs and four are 24 inches tall to accommodate our senior gardeners. The garden is equipped with electricity, running water, irrigated beds, a tool shed and security cameras. Most of the gardeners practice square foot gardening methods and grow vegetables and flowers. Meetings are hosted monthly, and dinner is provided by Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful. During the meetings, we work out logistics, plan work days and discuss topics related to organic gardening. We host a Community Garden booth every weekend at the Grand Prairie Farmers Market.
Four of our gardeners have completed the Master Gardener program, and our site has been approved by the Dallas County Master Gardeners as an eligible work site. We host a Junior Master Gardner Club in partnership with the Carter Oliver Seniors, a group of Senior Citizens who meet at a local recreation center and who have agreed to mentor participating children and youth, and the teens and young adults who participate in the Dalworth Just Say No to Drugs Club.