Beach Flats Garden Threatened, Community Organizes

March 29, 2008 at 10:53 pm 2 comments

“Please! Respect the work of other People!”Local, healthy food is essential to the sustainability of our towns and cities. As oil prices rise, accessible food, that doesn’t have to be trucked in from the countryside, and is controlled by the local community interested in providing for itself, not a corporation seeking only profits. Recently, the Beach Flats Community Garden in Santa Cruz received a notice that all gardeners turn in their keys to the space by the end of March.

The notice was signed by Reyna Ruiz, Executive Director of the Beach Flats Community Center, a non-profit that manages the farm. A community meeting was organized and Ruiz, along with City Parks and Rec superintendent Carol Scurich, confirmed that mismanagement and a lack of resources were the reasons for moving the working farm to a much smaller plot. According to a report from the meeting:

Reyna insisted that she’d need to see some commitment to longterm involvement, a contractual agreement of duties by gardeners and local citizens intent on keeping the garden operating and a grant proposal to help the city pay its yearly lease to the seaside co. … and for increasing the “dignity” of the state of the garden.

Local residents are organizing further to draft a proposal and save the farm. From Danielsan:

The sun is shining and the soil is rich. It’s time to plant.

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  • 1. Jason Whitmen  |  March 29, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    A friend of mine just emailed me one of your articles from a while back. I read that one a few more. Really enjoy your blog. Thanks.

    Jason Whitmen

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  • […] lekowala wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptRecently, the Beach Flats Community Garden in Santa Cruz received a notice that all gardeners turn in their keys to the space by the end of March. The notice was signed by Reyna Ruiz, Executive Director of the Beach Flats Community … […]

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