Hello everyone!

My name is Sarah and I am currently trying to work with the City of Antioch to start different community gardens in different areas of Antioch to bring communities closer together!  

I am posting on here because I need some assistance.  I am wondering if anyone has ever started or helped to start a community garden in their own neighborhoods.  If so:

1. How much did it cost.

2. Would anyone happen to know a location in Antioch that could support a community garden?

3. Is there anyone here in Antioch that would like to team up with me, who knows their way around urban farming, to help with these community gardens?

I'm not sure who this will reach, but I am hoping to get some input (I saw the last post was in 2016, but I may be wrong).  

Thank you so much for reading!  Attached are files that I have shown to City Hall to get my idea out there!

Sarah D.

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Here is the attachment.  I forgot to include it.

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Hi Sarah! Sorry for the delayed response. I can help you with this project. I've set up lots of community gardens around the county including a two-acre garden in downtown Antioch (unfortunately, the landowner sold the property after the garden had been in operation for ~25 years!). 

Based on this and other experiences, I highly recommend that any new gardens be on city (or government) land and treated like any other park and recreation program. The oldest and most successful gardens in the county use this model: Concord (Markham Nature Park), Walnut Creek (Howe Homestead Park), and Pleasant Hill (by the baseball fields). Gardening is a legitimate recreational activity just like soccer and tennis and city park and rec. departments need to address the demand for gardening space. 

Rather than typing all this out, I suggest that we schedule a phone call or meeting sometime - way too much information to share. Please contact me directly. 

Mark Westwind

markwestwind@gmail.com

925-372-8486

Sounds excellent! My email is durlingsarah@gmail.com. Shoot me an email there and then we can plan a mewting or phonecall! Thank you so much Mark!

Mark Westwind said:

Hi Sarah! Sorry for the delayed response. I can help you with this project. I've set up lots of community gardens around the county including a two-acre garden in downtown Antioch (unfortunately, the landowner sold the property after the garden had been in operation for ~25 years!). 

Based on this and other experiences, I highly recommend that any new gardens be on city (or government) land and treated like any other park and recreation program. The oldest and most successful gardens in the county use this model: Concord (Markham Nature Park), Walnut Creek (Howe Homestead Park), and Pleasant Hill (by the baseball fields). Gardening is a legitimate recreational activity just like soccer and tennis and city park and rec. departments need to address the demand for gardening space. 

Rather than typing all this out, I suggest that we schedule a phone call or meeting sometime - way too much information to share. Please contact me directly. 

Mark Westwind

markwestwind@gmail.com

925-372-8486

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