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Green thumbs seeing red

Original post made on Feb 15, 2008

Most gardeners say their hobby brings them peace. But things have been anything but peaceful lately at the Willowgate community garden, where more than a dozen gardeners say the city is railroading them over petty infractions.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 15, 2008, 1:59 PM

Comments (5)

Posted by The Dude, a resident of Monta Loma
on Feb 15, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Less government is better government. Let the people decide.

Posted by Pat Foegen, a resident of another community
on Feb 15, 2008 at 4:58 pm

I think a community garden is a wonderful venture that helps an entire community by utilizing green space to provide food and beauty to the environment. If there is a three year waiting list to get into a garden spot perhaps the city should work diligently to find more spots for gardens. Perhaps tear down a seedy development or two. In the meantime leave the gardeners alone even if it does mean a runaway pickle plant flinging one of its tendrils in someone else's spot. I have enjoyed the fruits of that community garden when I have visited your area. Please use this opportunity to go green and do it up right for the planet.

Posted by Ruth White, a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2008 at 10:48 am

A working garden is not a clipped formal garden of even rows and perfect plants. Willowgate is a working garden where one can see all the effort and care gardeners lavish on their plot of land. It is a true reflection of community and of "green' organic lifestyle.

The City of Mountain View needs to rein in Parks and Recreation staff from their persistent attacks on Willowgate. It is my belief Parks and Recreation could care less about the rights of taxpaying gardeners. If this department is unable to do it's job then let another more user friendly department take over.

Posted by Liz S., a resident of Shoreline West
on Feb 29, 2008 at 8:26 am

The real story here is a 120-person waiting list and a City Council without the wisdom and courage to fill that demand. Community gardens bring crime & vandalism? What PLANET are they on, and why oh WHY would the council take that seriously???

Posted by Sarah W., a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Does anyone know whether there are other community gardens in the works? I just visited the Willowgate Community Garden for the first time today and after reading that there is a three-year waiting period to get a plot, I feel pretty let down that I may never be able to have a plot of my own.

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