NOVATO COMMUNITY GARDEN
July 2018 Steps Forward:
The Novato Live Well Network board members are beginning fund raising to build the first phase of the garden. By the end of summer there will be a signed MOU and Lease Agreement with the City of Novato and a review of site plans by the Planning Commission. The Staff from Park and Rec and Public Works and the Assistant City Manager have been instrumental in moving the process forward. Many thanks to Russ Thompson, Chris Blunk, Liz Tran, Kevin Conklin and Michael Antwine!
June 2018 Steps Forward:
We presented our progress and responded to questions from the Novato Recreation, Cultural and Community Services Advisory Commission. Michael Antwine, Assistant City Manager, provided us with a letter from the city of Novato to begin active fund raising by applying for grants. We continue to meet with the city staff on a regular basis. We have agreed upon a site plan and our next step is feedback from the Planning Commission.
March 2018 Steps Forward:
We have a new board member Robert Bostonian.
February 2018 Steps Forward:
The second of the two public workshops went really well. We have members of the community asking about plots and wondering when we will be able to start construction. .
January 2018 Steps Forward:
Our collaboration with the city of Novato continues. We have two workshops scheduled, one on January 27th and one on February 22nd at the Margaret Todd Senior Center, Hill Community Room. There is a survey on Open Novato for feedback on the garden site. The workshops include tours so residents can envision what the garden will look like. We meet regularly with city staff from Park and Rec and from Public Works. We will be going through the planning process, step by step to get full council approval for the site plan and the project.
December 2017 Steps Forward:
We have new board members - Dick Paulson, Tina McMillan and Peter Tiernan.
November 2017 Great News - We have a site!
We are happy to announce that we have found a new site for the Novato Community Garden on the Lieb Property at 1521 Hill Road, across from the Margaret Todd Senior Center and the Hill Recreation Area.
July 2017 Marin IJ Article - Lieb Property Explored...
Pam Shinault of Novato Park and Rec talks about the Lieb Property as potential home for the Novato Community Garden. Novato explores community garden proposal Novato Council Member Josh Fryday says: “A community garden is an incredible opportunity to honor our agricultural heritage and history, as well as Novato’s leadership on sustainability,” he said. “This is an exciting project to engage our entire community and I’m excited to move forward.”
And Help us Make 2018/19 the Year!
To Donate: Download and print the form below,
Make Checks Payable to: "Novato Live Well Network" All proceeds go towards the garden.
Novato Live Well Network
P.O. Box 1647
Novato, CA 94948-1647
We are currently developing GoFundMe page to accept donations.
WHO MADE IT HAPPEN? The Novato Community Garden Project is a project of the Novato Live Well Network a community based 100% volunteer not for profit organization located in Novato.
THE VISION of the Novato Live Well Network is to build a healthy, sustainable community where people from diverse backgrounds come together to reconnect with the land, procure, grow, and preserve food in a sustainable manner for themselves and others, and cultivate a truly integrated community. We define sustainability as, "meeting the needs of all people "without threatening the health of the natural environment or the well-being of future generations." (Source: Worldwatch Institute)
THE MISSION of the Novato Live Well Network is to: build and support a network of local community gardens that enable people from diverse backgrounds to grow food and foster community in a sustainable manner; work with and educate families, schools, and our community about the positive benefits of choosing sustainable ways of eating, gardening and living by providing programs that support nutrition education, our local food-shed, school and community gardens, and sustainable living practices.
WOULD YOU LIKE A GARDEN PLOT?
We are accepting "Applications of Interest." You will be the first to know about the progress in obtaining funding to build the garden and the first to receive information on how to apply for a plot. You will also be added to our email list to keep you updated. See our Sign Up page to download an "Application of Interest" in English or Spanish.
The Novato Community Garden is a project of Novato Live Well Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.