Many are forced to live a life without basic amenities and struggle to provide for themselves and their families. Therefore, we should never forget that our primary responsibility is to help as many as possible. A man with a big heart and great vision is aware of this and has managed to change the lives of some of the poorest and most vulnerable residents of the city in his neighborhood.
More than a decade ago, the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina are still being felt, and there are many abandoned and dilapidated buildings in the area. Swarms of bees pose a threat to people trying to repair their homes and to the health and well-being of residents.
The importance of honeybees for life on the planet as a whole is crucial, as their mortal extinction is not an option, as their demise would severely affect the entire agricultural sector. David Young has therefore created sustainability gardens to house unwanted bees. Capstone Community Gardens provides a suitable environment for low-income people to survive and reproduce. To meet the bees need for a safe and environmentally friendly home, the volunteer-led organization was created to help distribute free food to the city’s low-income residents.
Young selected 30 abandoned properties in the area and soon after the destruction, built and converted gardens in each of them.
He also helps others to create their own gardens and allows them to gardening on his land when he has the space. Capstone is located in a part of a food desert and provides food free of charge to those who need it. He grows his own vegetables, fruits and herbs, and provides them with free food for some of the poorest residents of the city.
After retiring as a law enforcement officer, Young is a full-time volunteer living in a house in the neighborhood that was rebuilt twice after Hurricane Katrina. Everything is grown, from Swiss chard to Brussels sprouts to tomatoes and everything in between.
So David makes sure that the gardens are all over the community and that people can harvest them whenever they need to, which I think is a wonderful thing. We give away a small amount of food for a whole month, but if you have a family of four or five or six or seven or eight people, the way we feed them is enough to live on.
People whose land is infested with bees can call Capstone and we evacuate the bees with a low-vacuum cleaner that collects them and releases them into the garden. There are also many goats in the garden that eat chicken eggs, which provide the less privileged areas with the necessary nutrients. Kraus added: “We collect the eggs and take them to people who can’t feed their houses or don’t have enough money to get them”.
Young regularly delivers food and a few times he had to donate surplus, but the old man’s vision has helped many families not go to bed hungry. If we all did our part and did what we could to help each other and the environment as much as possible, we would imagine how peaceful and wonderful life would be.