We are excited as a newly formed group of like-minded individuals to get our community garden up and running. It being the beginning of summer in the desert we are definitely in planning stages before we will be planting anything.
We have so far rounded up a group of nearly 50 individuals on our neighborhood app who have shown interest in participating in this project. A dozen or so of them have joined on the ChangeX sight, and hopefully more will sign up there soon for continued communications and group discussions.
We will find a local meeting spot and have regular set meeting times so that people can plan ahead to attend, in order for everyone's voices to be heard, and ideas to be hashed out.
We will look at other local gardens and projects similar to ours and see different approaches for longer sustainability. Some of these include renting out private plots, and others include donations and local funding. We will explore to our best ability the possibility of creating a small market to sell our harvest to reinvest the proceeds. Other ideas include hosting events such as how to compost and other similar classes, or allowing related crafts to be sold to raise funds. Our initial seed funding will be put to use in securing a place for our garden, purchasing building materials to build garden beds, soil to fill the beds, and then of course seeds and/or plant starts, and tools necessary. A large consideration for our project in our area is the demand for water and our limited access to it. This will likely be our highest ongoing cost.
The idea of this project in our community has created a lot of buzz, and people are excited to have something like this close to home to participate in. Though there are other gardens in the state, there are very few nearby in the West Valley. Our climate is extreme and unique, and many people were not born and raised here, but have moved here and want to grow, but are not quite sure how to deal with our seasons. It can be intimidating, but many people are interested, so working together is a perfect opportunity for those who know to teach those wanting to learn. We intend to make our garden family friendly, but also hope to begin little satellite gardens, such as a small raised bed at a local elementary school to make it even more accessible.