Some months ago I accidentally drove bye one of two community gardens in Costa Mesa. I'd seen community gardens on TV shows before, but didn't realize that such a resource existed outside of larger, urban cities like Chicago or New York.
After a little asking around I was directed to speak with Ruth A. Raheb, Recreation Supervisor for the City of Costa Mesa. She's quick to return phone calls and awfully friendly when discussing community gardens. So finally! I got all the answers as to how these community gardens work.
UPDATE (2/3/2009) Since posting this, Costa Mesa's community gardens have become overrun with residents interested in having a gardening plot. Their waiting list has grown long enough that they're no longer accepting applications. I've updated my interest list so that there's a "Community Garden" check box. As I hear about new gardens or anything related to our communit gardens, I'll let you know. Click here to sign-in.
Financial cost to members:
Currently, both Costa Mesa Residents and Non-residents may apply for a gardening parcel. The cost, as of May 2008, is $30 for Costa Mesa Residents and $60 for Non Costa Mesa Residents. There is also a $20 key deposit and Community Garden Bylaws that must be followed.
Rules and regulations:
The City of Costa Mesa provides a water source, gate key, parking area, port-a-potty and trash containers as needed. Everything else must be provided by yourself. Best of all the bylaws is that NO CHEMICALS OR CHEMICAL PRODUCTS are allowed.
There are many other rules that must be followed. Such as all crops grown are for personal consumption or gifts, no illegal plants, etc, etc...
O.C. Community Garden locations I'm aware of:
- 170 Del Mar Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA
- 523 Hamilton Street, Costa Mesa, CA
- Via Positiva, San Juan Capistrano, CA
- N. Main Street, Orange, CA
If you already have a community garden parcel or are thinking of getting one and would be interested in organizing edible garden or native plant workshop(s) to help educate your community, please contact me.
Contact your City and see if one exists, how to join or what it would take to get one started!
Written by, Evan T. Little
Volkl Investments Inc.
My other blogs:
Going "Green" in Orange County
Orange County, CA Community
Real Estate in Orange County, CA