Thursday, September 15, 2011

Community Garden in Sausalito?

Friends of the Sausalito Community Gardens writes:

First, a big Thank You for your interest in the Friends of Sausalito Community Gardens; we know some of you expressed interest and support quite a while ago. We're still hard at work, and with your help we will make community gardens a reality in Sausalito.

Upcoming Meeting
We want to let you know about our upcoming public meeting. It's this Tuesday September 20th at 6:30pm in the Edgewater Room, located in the downstairs portion of Sausalito City Hall. We'd love to see you there and please bring your friends and neighbors! At this meeting we will:

-Provide a report on our process with the city.
-Present three sites for smaller community gardens in Sausalito. We would love your feedback about which site you are most interested in.
-Discuss opportunities for active engagement in the community garden organizing effort. We are looking for new members to join our steering committee and residents who are interested in gardening at one of the three sites. We also need volunteers to help with site design and analysis before we break ground.

Can't make the meeting and want to get involved? Please reply to this email so we can keep you in the loop. We will be meeting again next month on October 18th at the same time and location. There are opportunities to volunteer with FSCG at all levels and we look forward to telling you more!

A Brief Update
As of now, we have been asked by the City Manager and other key city officials to submit several options for smaller garden sites, including a portion of the site approved by the Parks & Recreation Commission in MLK Fields (which we remain convinced is the best site in town). In the coming months we will present a smaller plan for MLK and two additional sites to Parks & Rec and then City Council. We want to break ground at one of the three sites as soon as possible. These smaller gardens will provide tangible demonstrations of the benefit of gardening together, and act as models for a larger garden in the future.

We still have work ahead of us to gain City Council approval and establish community gardens in Sausalito. FSCG is dedicated to participating in the city process until there are enough spaces in Sausalito for every interested resident to grow their own fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs. We know there is strong and continuing interest in the project because we hear from enthusiastic residents all the time. Those of us working on the proposed garden remain committed to the cause and could really use energy from all of you to help keep the momentum going! Meeting agenda coming soon. Hope to see you next week!

Sincerely,

Friends of the Sausalito Community Gardens

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