Posts tagged community garden

What’s growing in new community garden

Barb Pople wants goodwill to grow in a new garden at Cedar Valley Townhouses in Cedar Rapids, formerly known as the J Street Apartments. Barb, who is going on her seventh year living at Cedar Valley, is the driving force behind a new community garden at the complex, but she noted that many others are involved.

 The following organizations have pledged their support for the garden:

Healthy Linn Care Network

Linn County Connects

Green Iowa AmeriCorps

Cedar Valley Apartments

East Central Iowa Council of Governments

Metro High School

Mission of Hope

The Serendipity Project

Peoples Church

SouthWest Area Neighbors (SWAN)

 

Individuals and organizations that have donated labor and/or materials for the project:

ZJ Farms                                               Plants/Seeds    

Peoples Church                                     Building materials

Cedar House Shelter                              Money

Cedar Valley Apartment residents           Seeds/labor

Linn County Connects                            Plants/Seeds/Gardening Tools/Labor

Bill Elam                                               Use of rototiller

Green Iowa AmeriCorps                          Labor

 If I’ve left anyone out, please let me know by adding a comment below or sending an email to: cindy.hadish@gazcomm.com

 You can see the full story with photos here: http://tinyurl.com/r4eole

 

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Seed sorting

Two-year-old Ravi Essmann of Cedar Rapids checks out packets of seeds next to his mother, Adrienne, at Monday night\'s Community Garden Party at Poet\'s Park. More than 30 people attended the Community Garden Party last night (May 12) at Poet’s Park in southeast Cedar Rapids.

Steve Hanken, who is leading the planting efforts at the park for the Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood Association, has dug out a 10-by-24 foot wide garden bed in the park to start the community garden. Steve said he hopes to plant tomatoes soon, but it’s been too cold to start. A tiller he tried to use did little on the impacted ground, so Steve has been using a spade to ready the soil.

The Neighborhood Association hopes to offer gardening classes throughout the summer. Seeds handed out for residents to plant their own gardens have been donated to the project. If anyone would like to donate time or materials to the garden, contact Neighborhood Association President Michael Richards at (319) 213-2051.

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Oakhill garden update

What seemed like a straight-forward proposal turns out not to be with the Cedar Rapids City Council and the Oakhill Jackson Neighborhood’s plan for a community garden. Rick Smith’s Eye on the Island blog mentions the red tape the group has encountered. Following is the latest correspondence from Oakhill Jackson Neighborhood Association president Michael Richards:

From: Michael Richards, President/Oakhill Jackson Neighborhood ASSN.

To: Ms.Sina/Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation

 

Dear Ms.Sina;

 

The City Council made a decision to back the establishment of a community demonstration garden in the Oakhill Jackson Neighborhood nearly one month ago at the City Council meeting on March 26th.

 

We are in Iowa where we have a limited growing season.    The extended delays with getting this timely project launched are a mark of extreme inefficiency in our local City government.   If a business operated with such extreme inefficiency, it would be out of business in short order.

 

You are now telling me that you have to “take this back to City Council” after a formal decision was already made on this same project by the City Council one month ago?

 

This is a very well organized community effort.  The Oakhill Jackson Community Garden Project is not a random group of people heading out to a city park with a hoe.

 

Below is the list of organizations that are providing funding and gardening expertise to this exemplary community project;

 

1. Linn County Master Gardeners of the Linn County Extension Service/Iowa State University

2. Iowa Network for Community Agriculture This Statewide organization of professional operators of

    CSA/farms all over the State of Iowa are providing funding and expertise.

3. Practical Farmers of Iowa  (statewide organization that supports sustainable agriculture)

4. Kalona Organics (a coalition or Amish family farms that are binging healthy food to Iowa

5. The Kalona/Organics-Metro High fresh produce project

6. Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development (six county soil and water conservation organization that includes Linn County.

7. Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University

8.I-Food Local Food Coalition (about 40 local organizations are participating including United Way, Prairiewoods, Grinnell College, ISU, and many local elected officials.

 

 

Back to Cindy: Rick Smith said it looks more likely that the garden will go somewhere other than what the neighborhood association had hoped for. More undoubtedly will follow.

 

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