IRWM Family – Erma Williams

         

 

 Gardening: A Family Affair

As Erma William’s children were growing up, she realized that she had to provide something for them to do, “to keep them out of trouble, and away from the gangs”. What she found, and passed down to them, was her own love of gardening. Eventually her children and grandchildren grew to love garden and landscape work, as well. Her adult son does landscape work at the Stadium, and still helps his Mom on a regular basis in her garden at home. Her daughter, a law student at Berkeley, works in the garden of her housing community, while working on her law degree.

A recently married grandson does landscape work to help pay his way through Seminary. Another grandson, (Jr. High school student) proudly shows the sun flower seeds that he planted in the garden, that are now almost as tall as he is. A granddaughter planted squash. The plants are starting to come up as well.

Erma tells everyone who stops by how much she loves her garden! The installation of water conservation systems, (greywater and rain barrel) allow her to use rain water, and reuse water from the laundry, to easily grow her beautiful roses, and delicious collard greens, tomatoes and herbs.

Erma Received:

Greywater System, Rain Barrel, Yard Landscape, Low-flush Toilet, Low -flow Showerhead

Increase Clean Energy:  Solar, Upgraded Windows

Grid Alternatives: Solar