City officials will start work on founding a second community garden in Huntington Beach.
BY JAIMEE LYNN FLETCHER / STAFF WRITER
Published: March 19, 2014 Updated: 8:52 a.m.
Councilman Joe Shaw on Monday brought forward a proposal to build a 2.5-acre garden at Irby Park and form a volunteer-based group to restore the remaining five acres of the park at Marilyn Drive and Dale Vista Lane.
“If our community parks restoration team works at Irby Park, we can take that idea to other parks … and do more low-cost development of our parks,” Shaw said.
The city’s first community garden, run by the nonprofit Huntington Beach Community Garden, opened in March 2010 where Atlanta Avenue ends at the Santa Ana River.
Gardeners pay $100 a year to rent a plot. They also must pay a $100 refundable deposit.
Much of what is grown at the Atlanta garden is donated to local nonprofits to feed the needy, Shaw said.
“Every gardener pledges at least 10 percent of their yield and some donate up to 40 percent,” he said. “They’re a source of fresh, affordable local produce.” Donations exceed 1000 pounds per year to local non-profits.
Shaw added Monday’s vote to explore the idea is the start of a process and no solid plans have been laid out for the park
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