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Community Gardens in Six Alaska Cities and Towns!  Take a look!   

Community Garden - Juneau, Alaska!

My favorite is the Juneau Community Garden that has 157 plots size 10′ x 20′ and 41 climbing plant beds.  Located on Montana Creek Road, it was started in 1990 by local garden enthusiasts who needed a place to practice their SE Alaska gardening skills. The garden now has non-profit status and an agreement with the local government to use 4 acres of land.

Over the years, gardeners have made the raised beds, installed water, and built storage and event buildings for gardeners, along with putting up a fence to keep those friendly animal neighbors from munching on the produce! 

What an inspiration!  Look for unused or neglected open space, or parking lot, school or church lawn or field, homeless hang-outs.  Gather your neighbors, check with the owner, the City Council, green organizations, supportive non-profits, churches, to see if that space can be converted to garden plots, raised beds!  Negotiate with a neighbor to use their land, share the harvest!  That’s community!

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Other Community Gardens   

Full Circle Farm, Sunnyvale CA

 

Some community gardens are larger and have different purposes!  Full Circle Farm is 11 acres!  It is an organic educational farm funded by nonprofit Sustainable Community Gardens. One of their goals is to put ‘fresh food in Santa Clara Unified School District cafeterias.’   Their ‘About Us’ page says:  Programs being developed include a science and nutrition elective for 6-8th graders, a farm-based apprenticeship program for teenagers, a mentoring program where at-risk teens lead elementary youth in garden and nutrition workshops, and a variety of school field trip programs.    

As a team, young people grow their own food, and develop critical life skills of communication, teamwork, leadership, decision-making, and problem-solving through practical, hands-on agricultural and entrepreneurial experiences.  If you will be up that way over the summer, here’s where to visit:  1055 Dunford Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
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Good Green Thinking! 

From Mother Earth News:  Grow $700 of Food in 100 Square Feet!  4 great tips from Rosalind Creasy & Cathy Wilkinson Barash:    

  1. Choose indeterminate tomatoes. They keep growing and producing fruit until a killing frost. (Determinate varieties save space but ripen all at once.) 
  2. In spring, plant cool-season vegetables, including lettuce, mesclun and stir-fry green mixes, arugula, scallions, spinach and radishes. They are ready to harvest in a short time, and they act as space holders until the warm-season veggies fill in. 
  3. Grow up. Peas, small melons, squash, cucumbers and pole beans have a small footprint when grown vertically. Plus, they yield more over a longer time than bush types.   
  4. Plants such as broccoli, eggplant, peppers, chard and kale are worth the space they take for a long season. As long as you keep harvesting, they will keep producing until frost   

The expanded second edition of Rosalind Creasy’s landmark book, Edible Landscaping, will be released in Spring 2010.

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