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San Diego Mercury News: Community Gardening is Hot!

  • Subject: [cg] San Diego Mercury News: Community Gardening is Hot!
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2004 10:19:13 EDT

Posted on Fri, Jun. 11, 2004

Getting a growing spot

Community gardening continues to be so hot in San Jose that most of the gardens have waiting lists.

Anyone 18 or older who lives in San Jose or one of its neighboring cities -- including Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale -- may use the community gardens. San Jose residents have priority over non-residents when plots are assigned.

Garden plots -- either 10 by 10 feet or 20 by 30 -- are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis depending on availability. Most gardens have 30 to 70 plots, though Mayfair has 115, and tiny Rainbow Center Community Garden has just five.

Annual fees are set by each site's volunteer committee. A 20-by-30-foot plot at Berryessa costs $80 per year, with most of that going toward paying the water bill.

Gardeners are required to use organic gardening methods and are encouraged to preserve or share their bounty with friends or neighbors, or donate to food banks.

To inquire about available plots, call (408) 277-5208 or visit

www.sjcommunitygardens.org to see a list of the gardens, their locations and the number of plots in each.

-- Holly Hayes

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