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FW: Community Garden in Oro Valley

  • Subject: [cg] FW: Community Garden in Oro Valley
  • From: "Sally McCabe" <smccabe@pennhort.org>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2001 10:22:56 -0400
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Subject: Community Garden in Oro Valley


Well, it looks like the Northwest Garden is on again!!  A gentleman named Tom
Miller has taken over the project from the Casas Adobes Baptist Church End.  
It looks as if the garden may be open for gardeners come September 2001.

Casas AB Church now has an account w/ monies set aside for what they call the
Community Garden project. Talking with Tom Miller, it looks as if clearing of
the 1/2 acre site will be done by them within the next 2 weeks.  I know we
had talked about leaving it as natural as can be.  But, they seemed to think
that if they will be running electrical and water lines it would work out
best to work with a cleared/leveled area - -  rather than them trying to work
around cactus, large brush roots, and ditches.  Next the staking to outline
where the fence will take place.

The next step will be to determine what amendments/and fertilizers we wish to
be added to the soil, and they will purchase and then till those amendments
into the ground for us, as well as leveling the area. Next, the 5 foot fence
will go up, with 3 man gates and one truck gate.

After the fence is up, they asked if a shed could be placed on the grounds
and within that shed - - is where they would run our main water line to and
electrical connections to. Two hose bibs will also be set up for us. They
will purchase the irrigation equipment needed for the garden and ask for help
to set it up. I mentioned to Tom that John McGill has offered his services to
help with the lay out of the irrigation.

Parking lots will be established on both sides of the dirt road, and possibly
even to the west side of the garden as well.

Tom Miller said their goal for the garden to be completed is sometime this

Another pleasant surprise, Tom said (at least for the first year) Casas
Adobes B Church will pay for the all water and electricity used at this
garden site.  They would like us to use the money we collect from Plot Fees
(at least for the first year) to go back into the garden itself
.............. to purchase tools, equipment - - such a small tillers, tables
and chairs,  maybe gravel for the walking area between plots, decorating the
garden entrance or other initial improvements to the new garden.

Overall the meeting this morning proved to be quite surprising.  Maybe I
shouldn't be so optimistic  - - but, doesn't this sound like a dream?  I
can't believe all that they are willing to do for us!

- Margie

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