The community garden is being created in partnership with the local recreation center, family resource center, elementary school, and other community groups. It includes garden composts and follows ocean-friendly practices, with educational signs throughout to inform the community on building sustainable lifestyles to protect the ocean.
The community garden project educates local children and families about composting, sustainable food sources and the impacts of these practices on the oceans and environment. The project help by diverting food and plastic waste from landfills, reducing harmful effects of runoff and use of pesticides or chemical, and provides a healthy, sustainable food source for low income families. The educational materials in the garden teach local families about sustainable food sources and practices while providing an area for elementary school fieldtrips, community group outings and recreation programming. By participating in hand-on activities and learning the impact it has on the ocean children are building sustainable practices to continue in the future.
What was your biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge of this project was the extreme vandalism risk in the community where the garden is being placed, which complicates getting city land permission and organization support. To navigate this I have worked to get other local groups on board and we are in the process of forming a committee and plan to combat potential vandalism before it happens.
What was your most valuable takeaway?
From this project I learned how much can be accomplished when you are passionate about a cause by simply reaching out and working together. I have also learned more about accessibility in making a fully-accessible garden and education materials so everyone can learn from this project.