Plans are quickly coming together for a community garden on the southeast corner of Argonne and Maringo just across the street from Inland Empire Paper Mill. Go here for background information.
We will be holding an organizational meeting on Thursday, March 11 at 7pm at the Crossing Youth Center in Millwood, for anyone interested in learning more and possibly participating in this project. The preliminary plan is to have three uses on this corner lot; individual raised beds that people can sign up to use to grow your own veggies and plants, a large set of row crops to be grown and given to Second Harvest Food Bank, and wildflowers and native plants to serve as a buffer and border between the road and the garden. The circles pictured above would be pumpkin patches in honor of the fact that this piece of land has been known as the pumpkin patch from it's long time use previous to the death of the farmer who tended the land five years ago.
The Paper Mill, which owns the land, will provide a basic amount of water. I'm working with Dew Drop Sprinklers to put together a drip irrigation system. The greatest need is a core group of people in the community who want to help shepherd the project and get it started. We're also looking for partner businesses who want to help. There will be a nice sign for the 30,0000 plus cars to read as they go by every day and we're planning on including sponsors on the signage.
Email me at goody2230 (at) gmail (dot) com with questions or input.