The city of
Huntsville has a 99 year lease ($1.00 a year) from the Redstone Arsenal
Military Base for using the land we
occupy (about 1.5 acres). They told us if we need to grow, let them know
and they will expand the garden as needed. Of course, all our harvest goes
to the senior citizens and homebound of Huntsville and Madison
County. What a deal for them!
They located us next to the Huntsville/Madison County Botanical Garden.
true. Last year, an elderly gentlemen visited our garden. He told
me had once farmed the land we
now occupied. During WWII, the federal gov't forced all the farmers in
this area off via acquisitions to create Redstone Arsenal which churned out
military weapons. Many years later, we now "farm" off this
military base in our CG. Too bad not CGs have happy endings. We are
Most CGs do
not have site permanency. Most CGs are vacant lots located in the city, so when urban revitalized occurs, the
bulldozers crank up. Most CGs do not have a legal recourse under these conditions.
If you have to
move, try working with city officals to explore your options. Maybe a
nearby church has land not being used.
Lastly, you may
have to find another privately owned vacant
lot to relocate your CG.
Maybe you can try this angle... if the lot is owned by a private individual
named Judy Tiger... well... in order to secure site permanency, name the CG the "Judy Tiger Community
Garden" in her honor. Sometimes, you have to use your imagination to continue
your passion for gardening.
Hope this helps,
I am curious to know who owns the
land on which most community gardens operate. I ask because the land on
which our community garden sits is privately owned and the owner is interested
in selling. Our local nature association is thinking about trying to
purhase the land through a grant, but the price is quite high.
I would give me a better sense of
what our options are if I knew how other community gardens operate with regard
to land ownership. I realize that responders can only reply about their
own community garden ownership, but that would be helpful.
President, The Salida Community Garden