CLG has the use of approximately three acres of land with well water for the purpose of creating a community garden. The property is centrally located within five miles of the cities of Reedley, Orange Cove and Dinuba on the Southwest corner of Manning and Crawford Avenues.
As of October 2017, we have built 20 garden plots, three benches and one shade structure. The CLG Board of Directors estimates that up to 120 raised garden plots of various sizes can be created with potential to also have special growing areas. In addition, we plan to build additional shade areas, tool sheds and compost bins to support member gardeners.
For 2017, our CLG Volunteers Day Events helped build more garden plots, garden structures, and with garden planting and maintenance. Our volunteers are the engine that keep our organization moving forward and we are so grateful. We continue to seek grant opportunities to upgrade to a drip irrigation system, assist with our garden building, and support our education program workshops. We also continue to seek funding and lumber to build more garden areas. We accept any used or unused lumber in good shape. We especially need 2x4, 2x6, and 4x4s.
We have created a 501c3 nonprofit organization supported by the communities it serves and a Board of Directors. This structure and our growing community support base will ensure our long term sustainability and benefit to the community.
The American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is a bi-national nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities. The Association recognizes that community gardening improves people’s quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education.