NOVATO COMMUNITY GARDEN
November 2016 ANNOUNCEMENT:
We have worked for over 10 years in trying to get a community garden built in Novato that is open to the public. We continue to face many obstacles with the City of Novato. We are disappointed that another year has gone by with no garden. We hope to make a formal announcement of the current status in the coming month.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
VOLUNTEER LABOR NEEDED: Both skilled and unskilled. We are looking for carpenters, ditch diggers, wheelbarrow drivers, weed extractors, shovelers, gardeners, and a "hospitality crew" (to coordinate food and drink and rest for the working volunteers.) See our "Helping" page for more info.
IN-KIND DONATIONS NEEDED:
MAKE A MONETARY DONATION TO PAY FOR CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND EXPENSES.
THE DREAM: A community garden is a place where people who have no access to sun-drenched soil, can plant, grow, nurture, and harvest organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. A community garden is also a place where the community spirit can grow. It's a place where a diverse group of people can share, learn, teach, encourage and connect with each other and the land.
WHY A COMMUNITY GARDEN? We are fortunate to live in Marin County, surrounded by open-space, Mediterranean-like weather, and fertile soil where we can grow our own food or purchase it from local farmers. Even with our abundance, nearly half of our residents in Novato live in multi-unit dwellings without land to garden. In addition, there are a growing number of residents who cannot afford to buy fresh produce to feed themselves or their families. A shrinking economy and rising unemployment are putting the squeeze on many of us. We urgently need to find new ways to access healthy and affordable produce.
A recent report from UC Cooperative Extension: Marin County Community Garden Needs Assessment, sums it up by stating, "community gardens have a multiplier effect in relation to improved social, environmental, cultural, nutritional, and financial components of neighborhoods and their residents." Download the report below:
WE HAVE A SITE: The site is at O'Hair Park on Novato Blvd, past San Marin High School on the west side of the Dog Bone Meadow Park. After six years of hard work by a core group of volunteers, the City of Novato has leased the property to Novato Live Well Network to build the Novato Community Garden. Click here to learn more about the garden site.
WHEN WILL THE GARDEN BE BUILT? We need to raise at least $250,000 to build and open the garden. Before we can open the garden we need the entryway and parking constructed, fencing put up, and the water tower and water system installed. To learn how YOU can help, visit our How to Help page.
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.
WHO MADE IT HAPPEN? The Novato Community Garden Project is a project of the Novato Live Well Network (www.NovatoLiveWell.org) a community based 100% volunteer organization 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.
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The Novato Community Garden is a project of Novato Live Well Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.