Canal Community Garden

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Canal Community Garden, CA
Photo credit: 
Julie Baldocchi

Situated on the corner of Bellam Blvd and Windward Way, the future garden is across the street from a walking and bike path and is easily accessible by the surrounding residential areas. The Canal neighborhood provides a significant portion of low-income housing in one of the most affluent counties in the United States. Though the neighborhood is diverse, many residents share a common tie to a strong food culture. Vietnamese and Hispanic residents in the Canal neighborhood have expressed a desire to be able to grow and produce foods important to their heritage in a community setting.

Community members participated in all phases of the garden design at numerous workshops. The final plan includes:

  • Raised beds for 92 gardeners/families
  • Greenhouse, shed, potting tables, and composting bin
  • Trellised outdoor classroom
  • Vegetated rainwater treatment and educational signage
  • Native planting around the perimeter
  • Street trees

The new design uses sustainable, environmental features, including water saving drought-tolerant plants and a rainwater catchment system to irrigate the garden beds and educate about water conservation.

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