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RE: Charges for community gardens

  • Subject: RE: [cg] Charges for community gardens
  • From: "Pohl-Kosbau, Leslie" PKLESLIE@ci.portland.or.us
  • Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 14:55:04 -0700

Costs of community gardens vary according to the services provided or
donated. Water usually has cost, as well as the repair and maintenance for
fences, sheds, and irrigation. Some gardens are individual non-profits,
single endeavors, or part of a network of gardens. Whatever the status, they
need insurance. Add to this, delivery of soil, wood chips, or other
materials, and costs could reach $100 per garden plot. 

Most gardens are subsidized by an organization, a landowner, a trust, a
religious or governmental organization. This is a good thing, but it is
important to remember that there are real costs associated with providing
and supporting community gardens.

The Portland, Oregon Community Gardens asks for $35 and a $10 deposit. This
is only 1/3 of the actual cost of support for the program (with a no-frills
approach).

I would hope that most of the garden programs could keep the costs
accessible for all people. We raise funds from private sources to provide
"scholarships" for people who have very limited incomes. I am sure that many
programs have partners who help share support of community gardens in
monetary, in advocacy, and in-kind ways. Business support has been the most
difficult to garner for us. I am sure that with a concerted effort,
community gardens could receive a sponsorship private or corporate business,
which could cut individual costs for gardeners. 

Do others have thoughts on this good question, brought to us by John
Richmond?

Leslie Pohl-Kosbau
Portland Community Gardens
-----Original Message-----
From: John Richmond [mailto:johnrichmond50@hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 2:13 PM
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] Charges for community gardens


In my neighborhood a community garden just got started. They worked out a 
deal with a local housing nonprofit so they could lease the land. The cost 
per plot for people that want to get involved is $65 per year plus $10 for 
the water hookup. Is this exorbitant, or a sign of things to come?

John Richmond
Richmond, VA

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