Mary, Mary quite contrary,

July 15, 2008

How does your garden grow?

Well, if you live in an apartment or have a tiny backyard, chances are you don’t have much of a garden. So how do you let your green thumb shine without having the garden to do so? Easy, join a community garden!

Community gardens are a great way to grow fruits and vegetables in your own garden. There are approximately 70 community gardens in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Community Garden Council is a non-profit organization that works with communities throughout the LA area to encourage self-reliance, reduce poverty and reduce the effects of global warming while enforcing strict organic farming restrictions.

Having your own plot at a community garden is as easy as filling out an application and paying a small yearly fee. Of course, there are certain rules and regulations as to what can or cannot be planted at specific community gardens. The fee at the community garden two streets down from my house is as little as $10 a year for a plot that is 10×15 feet. The price, if you ask me, is rather cheap for the amount of fruits and vegetables that can be harvested in the span of a year.

If you are interested in leasing your own plot of land, touring a community garden or for more information, check out the following websites:

Los Angeles Community Garden Council
Common Ground Garden Program
Los Angeles Times
American Community Gardening Association


3 Responses to “Mary, Mary quite contrary,”

  1. Angie said

    Is there something like this for other counties? Orange County? San Diego? San Bernardino? etc.

  2. Naadiya Patel said

    I googled community gardens in Orange County and came across this:

    There is one in Costa Mesa..Hope that helps.

  3. Asma Mana said

    A 10 by 10 community garden in Long Beach is $80/yr.

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