Quindaro Gardens Mutual Aid Society

Growing vegetables on five vacant lots in the inner city of Kansas City, Kansas.

Inspired by:
The Tuskegee Institute.  "They grew crops and raised livestock to provide for most of the basic needs, and they made bricks, and constructed classrooms, barns and outbuildings -- helping each other help themselves."  African American Odyssey: "The Booker T. Washington Era (Part 1)", Library of Congress, 21 Mar 2008, accessed 3 Sep 2008.
African-American Mutual Aid Societies in the Late 19th and Early 20th
Centuries by Daniel Acker, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and an
article appearing at www.ourweekly.com/features/blacks-giving-la-historic-practice
which provides an overview of African-American mutual aid societies.
Immigrants from southern and eastern Europe. Mutual-aid societies were also common among European immigrants (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_aid_societies).
The pioneers.  When the pioneers settled this country, and they needed a house or a barn, they did not hire a contractor. They brought their neighbors together and had a house-raising or a barn-raising.  They also had sewing bees, hay days, and many other kinds of group work. See: For All The People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America, PM Press, by John Curl, 2009.
Links to Join US! flyer, presentation slides, and photo collection:
        Join Us!  Quindaro Gardens Mutual Aid Society flyer
        Neighbors working in the garden
        Gardens and volunteer photos (KU Med Center students and Youth Volunteer Corps of America)
        Presentation slides
        Greater Kansas City Garden Tour Booklet entry for Quindaro Gardens



         Photo of wildflower garden and vegetable garden with Garden Tour sign



Gardens located near 3027 N 11th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66104

Paul Grahovac
Quindaro Gardens Mutual Aid Society
13624 S Sycamore Street
Olathe, Kansas 66062
785-393-1816 cell
Quindaro Gardens Mutual Aid Society is a tax exempt 501c3 organization.  Send contributions to Olathe address above or use this link to donate online: