Last spring a small patch of grass drew together community leaders with a simple plan – build a garden in
But the garden, which supplies residents with small patches to farm for flowers and produce, may have larger ramifications, as county officials look towards replicating the plan throughout Sonoma County.
Sonoma County officials will hold a meeting Wednesday night, seeking public input for a project which would allow open, vacant and public space to be redeveloped – and allocated – for citizens to use as community gardens.
County officials see it as a way of effectively using empty space, and giving low-income people – who may not have access to a yard or growing space – a chance to grow their own nutrient-dense food.
But in Larson Park the gardening process has settled into a steady rhythm of community garden days and individual plots, organized by Nuestra Voz, a community organizing coalition based in the Springs.
Sonoma County Supervisors have selected 10 other garden sites, including a spot in Maxwell Farms Regional Park, to expand the model.
Register for Wednesday's meeting at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Hall online. The meeting lasts from 6:30 - 8 p.m., and will allow for feedback on the application process and guidelines for gardeners interested in creating their own site.
The initiative is organized by UC Cooperative Extension office, with help from the county's water, parks, open space and health agencies.