Because so many individuals lack the time, space and know-how to plant their own gardens, community gardens are gaining members. Such an effort to green the local food chain, and make Jacksonville that much more sustainable, is underway by Ethical Markets friend, Thomas Dumas. (Pictured here with Maria Pinochet, he and Maria frame the EARTHVISION poster by Ethical Market’s President, Hazel Henderson.)
The Argyle Area Community Garden is a first step toward the vision Mr. Dumas has for West Jacksonville to become a fully sustainable community. The garden is cared for by the garden members. Most of them garden in the "community" section (for $2.00 per month) where they all contribute seeds and fertilizer and make decisions jointly (e.g., what and where to plant). Currently, they are growing cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, collards, Brussels sprouts, squash, kale, lettuce, radishes, beets, carrots, turnips, tomatoes, pole beans, arugula, garlic, sweet potatoes, peppers, bok choy, cabbage, strawberries, blackberries and cooking herbs. The community garden also offers members the option to have "private" plots that measure 4'x8' for $5.00 per month.
The gardeners strongly value the idea of sharing – with each other and with the community at large. Extra produce is regularly donated to the Wesconnett United Methodist Church food distribution program and to SafeHouse Ministries. An added treat: In addition to gardeners, the community garden welcomes artists who wish to showcase their outdoor art.
If you have questions or wish to arrange a garden tour, e-mail Sandi Newman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to learn to garden, want to share your love of gardening in the community plot, or want to arrange for your private plot, please plan to join us! Find out about the garden workdays at http://www.meetup.com/Argyle-Area-Community-Garden/.