Re: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #1114 - 2 msgs
- Subject: [cg] Re: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #1114 - 2 msgs
- From: Commgarden@aol.com
- Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2002 01:20:29 EDT
I'm the CEO of our non-rofit community garden corporation.
Although ours is not big enough to be called a farm (a little over half an
acre with the promise of the rest of the whole acre in the near future), here
are some ideas about land acquisition that we explored in developing our new
"Las Flores Community Garden" in Thousand Oaks, California that you may find
1. Cities and counties often have "leftover" pieces of land they'd be willing
to auction off or give to a non-profit corporation for the sake of community
betterment from road and highway construction that may be unsuitable for
residential, industrial or commercial development.
2. Recreation and Park Districts, as was our case, may be willing to sign
long term agreements (five years or longer) with a group such as you envision.
3. Your state highway building department may have surplus land which is
listed for purchase or auction.
4.Public university systems and school districts may be worth contacting to
work out free use of acreage on one of their campuses for a public benefit
5. Churches and other religious institutions may be willing to do likewise.
A modicum of advise based on our exerience: Be prepared to told that your
organization will have to provide annual "hold harmless" insurance to
whatever agency owns the land in the amount of one to two million dollars and
that it's not easy to find insurers who will write such insurance. Our
annual premium is $950.
Best of luck!.
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