Audio Recording "When I go out there, I say, 'I made it grow,' you know? And I enjoy it, to see it go from small to large."

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"When I go out there, I say, 'I made it grow,' you know? And I enjoy it, to see it go from small to large."

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Title
"When I go out there, I say, 'I made it grow,' you know? And I enjoy it, to see it go from small to large."
Contributor Names
Jones, Leonard (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-19
Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Gardening
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  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: Boss likes the garden, he says "How's our garden doing?" The only one thing wrong is there's no water, I have to run a hose from here across the street. I've lost two hoses already because cars run over them so I have to keep replacing the hose every year. The wallboard court is still there, that's where I do my mixing. The garden is on a site where as a kid I played on a playground. I thought it was gone after all these years, had to be fifty-five years, just covered with good topsoil. (What do you like about the garden?) "It's like a mechanic that works on a car; when he finishes with it, he says 'I've accomplished something, I've done something, I've made it run.' When I go out there, I say, 'I made it grow,' you know? And I enjoy it; to see it go from small to large." (Having garden so close to work?) It's convenient to have it outside of where I work. You can't just put a garden anywhere unless it's halfway protected. There are a lot of lots in this city that could be used for gardens if city used money this way. There is a separation between work, garden and motorcycle club even though they're in the same area; at the club its club business and that's it. At the garden it's garden business and that's it. And when I leave the job, I know the job's secure, but I don't think about it. I put it in the back of my mind to remember it and I do what I gotta do.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
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.sla01710
Online Format
audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Jones, Leonard, and Susan Levitas. "When I go out there, I say, 'I made it grow,' you know? And I enjoy it, to see it go from small to large.". -08-19, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003646/. (Accessed May 26, 2017.)

APA citation style:

Jones, L. & Levitas, S. (1994) "When I go out there, I say, 'I made it grow,' you know? And I enjoy it, to see it go from small to large.". -08-19. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003646/.

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Jones, Leonard, and Susan Levitas. "When I go out there, I say, 'I made it grow,' you know? And I enjoy it, to see it go from small to large.". -08-19, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003646/>.