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Willowgate gardeners push for new community gardens in Mountain View

Original post made on Jan 10, 2014

A group of local gardeners is beginning a serious push to bring more community gardens to the city, including one in a new 1-acre park at 771 North Rengstorff Ave.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 10, 2014, 10:20 AM

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Posted by Yes
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 10, 2014 at 11:29 am

The waiting list for commnity gardens (over 100) is longer than the number of garden plots the city has (84). The list will just get longer with all this high density housing with no yards.

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Posted by Voting Citizen
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 10, 2014 at 2:22 pm

There is no need to "hack down fruit trees" in a community garden. If they are healthy, keeping them in place is of great benefit to a garden.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 11, 2014 at 6:54 am

This sounds like a land grab by a limited number of people who want their own vegetable garden. Why not leave all the fruit tress and turn it in a park for every one? The are needs a park.

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Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 13, 2014 at 6:57 pm

I don't think the Lady that sold the land for the new park had garden plots in mind. I for sure do not want this land turned into garden plots. If the city wants to start something like this it's my hope they will use the vast amount of land inside the gate of shoreline park. Just inside the gate and to the east side of the road is a large amount of land not being used for much other than a place to put excess dirt.

I think garden plots for the few are not fair for everyone and usually turn out to be ugly for a good part of the year.

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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jan 14, 2014 at 7:08 pm

I will point out what several commenters have apparently missed.

- The proposal does not call for a complete conversion of the property to be converted to individual garden lots; it could be a combination of community gardens *PLUS* a public park.
- The garden itself does not have to be individual lots. A community plot could be established, with other individual lots added.
- The trees could be retained within some or even all parts of the property. The garden plots could be in an area with fewer fruit trees, etc.
- The Willowgate gardens contribute produce to the Community Service Agency.

No one is stating that the property needs to be ALL PARK, or ALL INDIVIDUAL GARDEN PLOTS, or ALL this or that.

I will point out that this property is equidistant from Thaddeus Park and Sierra Vista Park, both about 2 blocks away.

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