On Saturday, June 25th, I’ll be at an open house at 2220 Front Street in Bankers Hill. The property is located directly next door to a community garden. There’s been a lot of talk in San Diego about community gardening, but what is it?
According to the San Diego Roots project, “Most community gardens are grass-roots efforts created by neighborhoods or individuals who feel that their community is enhanced when neighbors come together to grow food. Other gardens are facilitated by the cities and towns in which they reside. Regardless, every community garden is a labor of love that bring folks together to create beauty and delicious food.”
Another great resource for learning more about community gardening in San Diego is the San Diego Master Gardener Association They have a database of community gardens in San Diego County and give you great information about how to start your own community garden. You can download their Guide HERE.
Recently, San Diego City Council Member, Todd Gloria worked to pass a city ordinance which “By permitting community gardens by right in commercial and residential zones throughout the City, will eliminate some of the largest barriers to establishing community gardens in San Diego. If you are interested in learning more about how the ordinance effects your community, contact his office at 619-235-5268
The Juniper-Front Community Garden is perched on a hill on Front Street between Ivy and Juniper Street, and was established in 1981. The quarter block is divided into approximately sixty 10-by-12 foot plots. The Port Authority owns the land and rents the garden plots for about $100 per year. Juniper-Front Community Garden’s waiting list is long, often with prospective gardeners waiting a full year before an opening. Below, I’ve posted a video from Matt Browne of SDBloggers who gives you a great idea of what it’s like to have a plot in a community garden.
If you are near Bankers Hill on Saturday afternoon, stop by and see me at 2220 Front Street and take a stroll past the Juniper-Front Community Garden.