is politics. What did Adam H. once state, "running a community garden was
90% politics and 10% gardening". How true
advice is to try to work something out with the city planners or political types
in acquiring some of the town park for the garden. You may have to give a
little and settle for a smaller garden. You need to get your ducks in a
row and have available some documentation detailing the benefits of a
thing is for sure, you WILL NOT be able to operate your current garden on a
long-term basis without a regular source of water.
1st year I took over our community garden in 1995, we had no water
whatsoever. It did not rain during the month of July with temps running
over 90 every day. I hauled in water in garbage cans, milk jugs and it was
a losing battle. The next year, we acquired a water hookup.
is another idea. Drive around town in the area you wish to locate your
garden and find any churches with unused vacant lots. Explain to them
your problem and they may work out a deal with you and your gardeners. This is
not a long term commitment because if the church expands, they will need the
vacant lot, but its better than your existing situation.
5% of community gardens in the U.S. have site permanency.
this helps, Jim Call, CASA Community Garden Volunteer
Our community garden was located in our town park for many
years. 3 years ago it was moved to the outskirts of town where there was
no water available and we went from 50 gardeners down to 5. It is a very
difficult area to garden and seniors and those with disabilities are unable to
access the area. They are turning our former area into a little league
field (there are already 5 fields in the park.) Do we have any
legal options to reclaim our former space or have the town provide space with
water and access to seniors and disabled folks?