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Mouna Garden

We turned an abandoned piece of land into a garden at the Gandhi Leprosy Seva Sangh.

What the land looked like before we got started, basically a dumping site.

What the land looked like before we got started, basically a dumping site.

The "Me 2 We" group led the clean up effort.

The "Me 2 We" group led the clean up effort.

Building walls, of the sort to keep the garden secure and protected from animals.

Building walls, of the sort to keep the garden secure and protected from animals.

Construction complete, walls primed and ready for painting.

Construction complete, walls primed and ready for painting.

Laying down fresh soil.

Laying down fresh soil.

Building beds for vegetables. (Thanks for the help Purvi!)

Building beds for vegetables. (Thanks for the help Purvi!)

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Our friend and master painter, Vinodbhai, adding some decorative touches to the space.

Our friend and master painter, Vinodbhai, adding some decorative touches to the space.

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Version 1 of Mouna Garden complete, seedlings starting to sprout.

Version 1 of Mouna Garden complete, seedlings starting to sprout.

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Harvesting palak and mehti.

Harvesting palak and mehti.

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Version 2 of Mouna (2016). Vegetables proved too difficult to maintain. The new version goes more in the direction of a park with grass, plants, and palms.

Version 2 of Mouna (2016). Vegetables proved too difficult to maintain. The new version goes more in the direction of a park with grass, plants, and palms.

Tulsi mandir (temple). Tulsi is a sacred tree in India and worshipped like a mother.

Tulsi mandir (temple). Tulsi is a sacred tree in India and worshipped like a mother.

Mouna means silence. It is one of the greenest parts of the community and a place people can go to connect with nature.

Mouna means silence. It is one of the greenest parts of the community and a place people can go to connect with nature.