Deonte Ward: There is no cloud in the sky above the Sports Community Center as it helps to clean up the aftermath of the hurricane, the devastation and the negligence.
As the program director of Excel and the Superior Program of the BLACK Exercise and Superior Program, Ward helped build a garden bed that allowed children to move out of their apartment and grow flowers, beans and tomatoes. . During the early stages of the CVD-19 epidemic, a group of adults, 33, gathered around them, taught basic carpentry skills, and helped build birdhouses, garden sheds, and picnic tables.
Although the garden is loved, it still believes in the power of planting seeds in the communities where Ward grew up.
Over the past two years, Ward has developed a talented career around the country, working with children and adults as a professional artist, and has made a name for himself in the future of what he now does by painting a portrait of Taylor. Two years ago, a young black woman was shot dead by police at Chambers Park Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky, Annapolis.
Taylor’s family invited the team to the same court in Louisville, and then hurricanes, Rebecca and Puma and other brands such as Shaquil O’Neill and Patrick Robinson – aka Pat The Roc – were painted around the courts honoring basketball legend. The country.
In his absence, however, the stadium was ruined. A drug-addicted visitor tore up his carpentry business. The harvest has dried up, and unfinished high beds have collapsed. When Ward asked for help to continue the program, the Annapolis Housing Administration condemned the project. Last fall, the official declared that he was an “eyeball” and asked Ward to remove the remaining boxes and soil.
Instead of paying residents to renew their love for gardening in the community, the bureaucracy’s request to clean up the garden resulted in unnecessary punishment for Ward.
“It’s more difficult than it should be to go through all the applications and regulations in a timely manner,” Ward said, adding that he started applying for community gardening again last December.
Approval did not arrive until April, leaving the work to continue, he said.
“These are issues that we face, especially when we understand our own programs,” Ward said.
Still, Ward paid his youngsters in the area to dig his own fortunes and pick up one tire at a time. The boys were still working in khaki elementary school uniforms, Ward explained the rest of the plan.
“I want to change the narrative, I want to change the way we approach communities, the way we approach the public,” said Ward, who plans to paint a new mural on a flat surface. The raised beds are set once.
It looks at several bright aspects in the change of plans. All the soil is being loaded onto trucks and taken to nearby Newton 20, with Rita Dorsey, a housing development partner who worked with her, to start a children’s garden project. Their garden grew and prospered, and it continued to bear fruit. Second, Ward says he learned a lot from the lost garden.
“I don’t think people understand the importance of producing your own food,” he said.
He said it would be easier for them to pick up canned fruits and vegetables in just the canopy across the street. But if children are aware of the effects of nutrients and genetic modification, they are more likely to water and care for their garden.
The use of unimaginable forces, including human nature, is a challenge for any gardener on earth. Many realize that you cannot force all races to take root. Some work and bloom, while others fail.
“It’s really hard to get residents to invest in public property,” said Bridget McLaullin, director of housing services and authority for the housing authority.
“I don’t underestimate the effort or blame it,” McLaughlin said. “I know he will not give up. Not in his spirit. Just because we asked for it does not mean that HACA will not partner with it in the future.
Ward, for its part, has received new funding from Superior Future and plans to launch pop-up stores in June for summer and after-school programs for the 2022-23 school year.
“We helped 250 children in kindergarten through high school in Anapolis, and no one had to pay for anything,” Ward said. “I am not raising these things. I am growing up for the community.