Riding on the wings of a food/farm movement that is sweeping the country, organic gardens are popping up in backyards everywhere this spring, including the White House. Interest in sharing the experience through community gardening is also growing, as we saw in the large turnout at a Sustainable Bainbridge meeting on the topic in early March. With p-patches filled at Battle Point Park and Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, people have been talking about how and where to expand local community gardens, and in just two months, there has been considerable progress.
Christy Carr and Debbi Lester have been in preliminary talks with the Bainbridge Park Department discussing additional possible park sites for community gardens, including Gideon Park in Winslow. More info on these sites as it becomes available. If you're interested in being involved in developing a park site, contact Debbi or Christy at the emails above.
In addition to public sites, many private property owners are willing to offer space to gardeners looking for p-patches. Connecting people with common interests in local neighborhoods is one of the challenges in any community garden program, and to that end, Seattle's Amy Pennington has put together an ingenious website at www.urbangardenshare.org. The site is organized by neighborhood and invites anyone with a garden site, or an interest in sharing resources, to post information and contact info. We've contact Amy to see if she might consider adding Bainbridge to her listings, and we'll let you know if that option develops. In the meantime, check out the website for inspiration.
If you're looking for garden space on private property, or someone to join forces with in your neighborhood, here are some contacts we've assembled. Please call or email the person listed to get particulars. As spring unfolds, conditions can change.
If you know of additional community garden space available, or would like to team up to establish a garden in a particular area, post information, including your phone or email, using the Comment feature below, and/or start a conversation in our Community Forum.
Photos: (top and middle) New Johnson Farm pea patch beds; (bottom) Island Terrace Apartmennt residents and volunteers help plan new community garden on the grounds. Photos by Debbi Lester.