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New city property a 'food forest' in the making?

Original post made on Jun 28, 2013

It may be hard to imagine walking into a park in the heart of Silicon Valley and being able to eat freely from an abundance of fruit trees -- but that may soon become a reality with the city's purchase of a lush, one-acre property on North Rengstorff Avenue.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 28, 2013, 10:42 AM

Comments (19)

Posted by Mark, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm

As a Mountain View resident, I want my city council to PLEASE SAVE THE TREES. What a great opportunity for city leaders and a great benefit for local residents.

Posted by Donna, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

What a great idea. Let's do it.

Posted by mv gardener, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm

kudos to the city council for buying this property and retaining it for public use. Thank you firefighters for your help in cleaning up the property. i am looking forward to going to this park and walking through the fruit bearing orchard and gardens. thank you so much...!!!

Posted by Mr. Big, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm

SAVE THE TREES! And, any other edible plants & bushes.

Partner with the CSA to create a community garden and orchard.



Posted by Doug Pearson, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 29, 2013 at 7:58 am

Thank you City Council, thank you firefighters and others helping with the cleanup, and thank you Mrs Stieper for selling your property to the City instead of a developer.

I welcome the City Council's plan to make the property a park and recommend that it be named Stieper Park.

I like the idea of using it *also* as a community orchard and garden. Yes, Alex, there are way too many people in the city for everyone to get even a single fruit from even that many trees, and of course the trees will be picked clean--I hope. I also hope the trees will be picked properly, not locust-style, without damaging the trees or fruit in the process and that even the birds, squirrels and other animals get their share.

Posted by TSC, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 29, 2013 at 8:22 am

I hope we can preserve the trees as well as the story of generosity that made the park possible. It's a wonderful message for the whole community.

Posted by Otto Maddox, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 29, 2013 at 11:05 am

Did I miss something? Did the City Council actually VOTE to make this property a park? Or are we all just making assumptions here? Until they vote on it, and the money is spent, anything can happen.

I'd like to see this made into a park as well. I don't know about keeping all those fruit trees though. They are messy and expensive to maintain. Plus they tend to be small and provide little usable shade.

Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community
on Jun 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Why not Cuesta Annex which is a large piece of property. Not being used expect dog walks.

How about next to 85 near the trail, that is not being used. Thought the area where this property is needs space for people.

Posted by community member, a resident of Slater
on Jun 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Love the idea of a park that 'nourishes' the heart and soul of our community. Please, let's set aside some space for a community garden as well. So many people want to have a direct experience with the earth and growing their own food. And so many of us do not have yards to use for garden space.

Posted by Old Coot, a resident of Rex Manor
on Jul 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Why was my reference to the tragedy of the commons deleted

Web Link

and some racist malarkey allowed to stay?

Posted by What, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Is happening to the lady that is making this possible?

Posted by Don't worry, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm

As soon as the city finds out the cost of "free" they will start to charge or get rid of this idea entirely.

Good idea, but it invites the homeless to setup camp.

Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 1, 2013 at 7:38 pm

God forbid that Silicon Valley begin showing compassion to the poor. Then I'll KNOW the world is ending.

Posted by Time travel, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm

It's like going back in time seeing that property, a time when there were a lot of those types still around.

Posted by James, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jul 2, 2013 at 8:42 am

Would be nice if they could save the Francia Orchard on N. Whisman Rd.. It would to a tragedy to loose the history of what the valley was like before silicon.

Posted by mv gardener, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jul 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Please preserve the fruit trees... perhaps you could make it a heritage orchard and have the city maintain it properly. There is one in Saratoga and Cupertino near their libraries. thanks.

Posted by DS, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Until someone get sick
Until some one is hurt
Until the cost to upkeep and care gets too high
Until someone takes them all to sell

Nothing is free in America someone is paying
Happy 4th July

Posted by DS, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I hope the fruit is going to good use now.

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Posted by Denise , a resident of Gemello
on Jul 9, 2013 at 8:06 am

All for a place that allows interconnection with natural world - verses just another grassy/play structure style arrangement. Good question is it actual purchased. I do not forget the promise that was made when the Grand Road project was in debate to have some kind of a mini-farm in Mountain View. Seems Sunnyvale's Full Circle Farm is doing very well and Living Classroom program expanding in schools - seems partnership could be a possibility. ANd the Community Service Agency, and Village Harvest also have an overlap - lets see if the energy will arise! Good start!

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