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Re: Sacramento's New Garden and Mandella Garden Update

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Sacramento's New Garden and Mandella Garden Update
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 15:55:26 EST


It helps when dealing with major change like this in gardens to think biblically.  Ya lost one garden, but you're getting some more, which is a better deal than Adam and Eve got.

And a hell of alot better than nothing - and  a city government that is willing to work with community gardeners for the time being.

Have a few brewskis, or whatever new age refreshments that your folks in California use, and toast the old joint, and go into the new garden without grousing and a great attitude. This is a country of new beginnings, less so these days, and you're lucky you got one.

Now the gardeners have to go out and kick some butt and make these gardens absolutely stellar, so the City of Sacramento builds more gardens and less basketball courts.

Great luck,
Adam Honigman
Clinton Community Garden

Subj: [cg] Sacramento's New Garden and Mandella Garden Update
Date: 2/2/04 3:35:05 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: bMaynard@WoodRodgers.com
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
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  Sacramentoâs park and recreations dept now has its first community garden.  The southside community garden board opened the plots to the public Jan 31, 2004 and more than 70% of the plots (of the 100 plots) were rented in 2 hours!   This big step in getting community gardens into the parks and rec system did come with a HUGE priceâ. The 30 year ron mandella community garden was lost to development.  75% of the mandella garden has been gutted (2-3 feet of soil removed to remove the so called toxic problem with the soil) the site it now a huge pit.  The remaining green space of the garden is still fenced and locked to gardenersâ this site is awaiting âcleaningâ alsoâ.and is marked for a green spaceâ either a community garden or?


The southside garden site was purchased and soil removed and new soil brought in by the developing agencyâwhile this site is not the ideal site that the mandella gardeners wanted (site is very loud at the intersection of I-80 and I-5).. it is the one that was chosen for the voluntary mitigation done by the developing agencyâit will guarantee a stable home for the southside community gardeners (about 10 blocks west of the mandella garden) now that the land has been turned over to the parks and rec dept


the peacefulness, serenity and beauty of the mandella garden can never be replaced or recreatedâespecially at this new siteâ nor can the southside garden ever be called the New ron mandella community garden.. but it can be a unique garden of its own with a clean startâdriven by the gardeners to shape its futureâ. The garden is open to all city residentsâ

Other existing parks are considering creating community gardens in their unused park spaceâthere are at least 6 community gardens planned of this type. And more will be created as folks learn that community gardens CAN be a park element! 

Bill Maynard

Sacramento Area Community Garden Coalition

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