Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Agriculture Garden At Canseco Property

I took these photos on August 27, 2017.

The city is moving forward with the installation of community gardens at the decrepit dilapidated historic Canseco home site on the corner of Chihuahua and Seymour/Loring Ave.  The City of Laredo bought the property in July of last year.  District 3 Councilman Alex Perez mentioned turning the house into a museum or coffee house, as well as putting in a garden for the public to enjoy.

It's my understanding that, with any construction project, the landscaping is the last thing to go in.  My councilman is apparently working backwards here.

Laredo knows a thing or two about growing local.  There are definitely some natives that have their own plots of edibles.  And the downtown farmers market is undoubtedly encouraging that type of endeavor.  But my skepticism with the Canseco COMMUNITY AGRICULTURAL GARDEN plan is that it will be a passing thing.  I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see private citizens tending their plots, on city property, on a regular basis.

This project is going to take a lot of TLC.  It's going to need the right conditions, a lot of attention, and dedicated gardeners with a little know-how in regards to growing food.  I sincerely hope I'm wrong in that this will be a phase that Laredoans will eventually give up.

Alex Perez has one more year to go before he terms out.  This Canseco debacle project may be his swan song, of sorts; his final accomplishment from which to hang his hat from.

This writer will surely keep tabs on this District 3 saga.  Stay tuned.

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