Frequently Asked Questions




  • What is this place? What are the goals of this place?
      1. A community space
        1. that uses permaculture principles: that means it grows food for the human community while sustaining (preferably regenerating) the larger ecology (soil, wildlife, atmosphere, water)
        2. that promotes community participation: signs will be in Espanol and English; sessions will be offered in both languages; plants may be selected to suit the varied interests of the community; all work in the garden will be done by volunteers from the community
        3. that is educational: children of all ages will be able to learn some important lessons about growing food, being sensitive to climate, and protecting the health of soil, water and air.
  • Who is responsible for setting it up and maintaining it?

The community is, since it is a community garden. Every community garden requires a coordinator. That coordination is done by La Sanghita, the vegetarian restaurant at the corner of Maverick and Jeffries.

  • What is the community’s role in it?

The community plays a wide-ranging role, starting from design to the maintenance. Look under “How can I help?” to see all the various ways in which you can help.

  • Who gets the harvest? How?

The harvest is for the community. You can come in and harvest when the time is right. You sample, you savor, you share.

  • How will it bring the community together?

It will serve as space for events and for relaxation. There will be tours organized for school students and other groups interested in learning about the farm.

  • When can the public access the garden?
      1. By appointment
        1. Contact
      2. During events — Events will be announced on Facebook & Twitter
        1. Soil preparation
        2. Planting
        3. Maintenance (pruning, weeding)
        4. Harvest
    1. What plants are you planning to grow?
      1. healthy vegetables and greens (radish, lettuce, collard greens, kale, chard)
      2. produce that is nutritious but expensive
      3. plants that you can eat most of (like beets, where you can eat the shoots as well)
      4. vegetables that are efficient in terms of nutrients, space, yield, and value (tomatoes, beets/turnips, zucchini, snap peas, pole beans, carrots)
  • What can people learn from the garden?
      1. plant science
      2. a glimpse of life in the soil
      3. rainwater storage & use
  • What is the cost? Who is covering it?
    • The insurance cost is covered by La Sanghita Cafe. The cost of creating a community space that involves growing food, making arts, etc. is covered by us, the community. Some folks are donating time; others are donating material and garden supplies like tools.
  • How can I help?
    1. donate
      1. soil
      2. soil amendments
        1. compost
        2. worm casings
        3. fish emulsion
        4. peat moss
        5. bone meal
        6. blood meal
        7. kelp meal
      3. plants
      4. time
        1. brainstorming
        2. designing and creating
          1. portions of the garden
          2. signs
        3. organizing
        4. coordinating
        5. getting your hands dirty
        6. bookkeeping
          1. tracking capital and expenditure
          2. event participation for auditing, accounting and rewarding
      5. sheet-mulching material
        1. cardboard
        2. wood-chips
        3. saw dust
        4. branches, twigs
        5. newspaper
      6. decorative material and art
        1. pebbles
        2. art produced from waste