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
        https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B42jPfWcYxV2MTRZblhwZkhOQVU/edit?usp=sharing      
 
        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

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B42jPfWcYxV2LU9pRWQ1MWwxcUE/edit?usp=sharing

 

         Photo of wildflower garden and vegetable garden with Garden Tour sign

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B42jPfWcYxV2SWZLdnp1WFhYLUE/edit?usp=sharing

 

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

 
Contact:
Paul Grahovac
Founder
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: