Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jones, Leonard
Levitas, Susan
Dates 1994
Location New Jersey
Paterson
United States
Language English
Subjects African Americans
Ethnography
Foodways
Gardening
Interviews
Oral History
Sound Recordings
Vegetables
Vocational Education
Title
"I like to see things grow and I like to eat fresh vegetables."
Contributor Names
Jones, Leonard (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-19
Subject Headings
-  Vocational education
-  African Americans
-  Foodways
-  Gardening
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Vegetables
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Leonard Jones, urban gardener, hardware store worker, motorcycle club member.
-  Summary of audio segment: (Where is the garden located and how did it come to be?) Located between Tyler and Bridge, it's to the left of Federal Supply and is owned by them. About five years ago the city said the company had to clean up the lot and boss asked me to go in and cut all the trees that had been growning up in there for the last 25 years. I did, and we chopped and shredded them and spread it all over. Wondered what's going to happen next year when the weeds grow up again? One day I said I'd put garden there and boss said I don't care what you do as long as city doesn't bother us. So I started sifting the dirt, digging up tree trunks and moving out stones and car pieces and whatever I found there. I took section by section until I covered the whole lot. (How did you know how to garden?) It was just instinct, like I can cook, that was the first thing our mother taught us; we had no sisters, so that was one of our chores, to watch her cook; never watched anyone garden; I read about them, what you read normally, I'd seen gardens. My grandfather had a farm; I like to see things grow and I like to eat fresh vegetables. Normally I planted only what I liked and later, what other people liked; I like hot peppers, and tomatoes, cucumbers, and turnip greens, and kale. I don't care too much about cabbage but I grow some for the people. Whoever asks me for something I give it to them, it's mostly senior citizens from the complex across the street. Last year they used to wait for me and I gave most of everything away last year, but I still had a lot left over, and I canned a lot; I made about twenty-five jars of salsa and I gave that away, but this year I'm going to charge them because they kept my jars and the jars cost money. We had a party here at the motorcycle club and I brought greens and tomatoes and cucumbers for the salads.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A017
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.sla01709


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