Wow. 20 volunteers worked together at the garden on Saturday. We’re almost ready to plant. Come take a look!
It’s been a long time coming, and it required the tenacity of the Sustainable Lafayette Food Group, including Janet Thomas, to finally create a community garden in Lafayette.
The community can visit the community garden site on Earth Day, April 22, along Mt. Diablo Blvd. across from the Reservoir. But if you want to become a member of the garden, you must work there two hours a week, take your crop home – and sign up early. The first plants are not in the soil yet but 50 families have already signed up and only four spots are left for this year. The garden will also serve as an outdoor education center, free and open to the public.
We are pleased to introduce Leah Ingram, our Garden Manager. Leah has gardened most of her life. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly with minor degrees in land rehabilitation, soils science and sustainable environments. During college she worked on the Cal Poly organic farm and performed small scale design and residential landscape installation in San Luis Obispo. Following graduation, as an AmeriCorps volunteer, she assisted in conservation management of a forest preserve, restoring native plants in Hawaii. She has also taught fourth graders
in Alameda County about local creek ecosystems and watershed awareness.
Since 2008, a core group of nineteen community members, including educators and master gardeners, has been looking for a community garden and outdoor education center.
In February of 2011, EBMUD and the City of Lafayette agreed to allow the community to use the multi-acre site in front of the Filter Plant on Mt. Diablo Boulevard. In addition to learning sustainable gardening practices at the site, we will have the opportunity to learn about the local habitat displayed by the beautiful oak, bay laurel and other plants along the adjacent creek.
Community support has grown as the concept has been shared with local seniors, garden clubs, scouts, families and individuals looking for opportunity to create a model of respectful land use and civic cooperation.
In April 2011, Sustainable Lafayette became the fiscal sponsor of the project.