Blue C Community Garden of Los Osos
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You are invited to a free lesson with Elizabeth Johnson of SLO Seed Exchange on how to harvest your own heirloom seeds. August 23 at 1:00 at Blue C
Press Release: Learn How to Harvest Your Own Heirloom Seeds at Blue C Community Garden 8-4-2014
BLUE C Community Garden featured on CBS Sunday morning - 3-23-2014
See what’s happening in the Blue C Community Garden! (PDF)
See article about Celia and the garden in the Telegram Tribune
Reservations are now being taken for plots in the Blue C Community Garden, located at 1968 11th Street in Los Osos. 15 plots, 10 x 15 or 8 x 20 in size are available. Future projects on the site include a permaculture demonstration garden, an Ocean Friendly garden, and workshops.
Please review the Garden Rules, complete the Gardener’s Agreement and contact Amanda Smith at 235-0666 for an appointment to choose a plot.
The fee of $60 per year includes your plot, water and a started supply of soil and compost.
Blue C Community Garden wishes to thank the following organizations and companies for their assistance in the creation of the garden:
Los Osos Rotary – donated fence supplies and labor to build the fence
California Conservation Corps – cleared the lot and installed the irrigation system
O’Donnell Landscape Co – designed and installed the irrigation system
The Pollination Project – donation for irrigation system materials and soil - see article
Bruce Gibson, District 2 Supervisor, San Luis Obispo County – donation for soil
Sage Ecological Landscapes & Nursery – donation for irrigation system
Miner’s Ace Hardware has provided a brand new tool shed for the garden at a discounted price.
FUNDS ARE STILL NEEDED FOR THE DEMONSTRATION GARDEN, WORM BIN AND RAINWATER COLLECTION EQUIPMENT! Please go to https://register.ecologistics.org/Shopping/Donate to make a donation by credit card or mail a check to:
Ecologistics, Inc., 4349 Old Santa Fe Road, #6, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. If you have materials to donate, please call (805) 548-0597.
The official fertilizer factory for the garden:
About Community Gardens
Community gardening has its roots in the Victory gardens of World War II. Victory gardens were developed in the U.S. to support the war effort and to supplement food production at home during a time when much of the agricultural labor force was overseas.1 The community gardening movement is growing exponentially across the United States. Organizations such as Gardening Matters (www.gardeningmatters.org) are springing up to provide training and resources for people to create and sustain community gardens in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. Grants are funded by Hennepin County Healthy Eating Minnesota through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention, with the long-term goal of reducing obesity and tobacco use and the occurrence and cost of related chronic diseases, such as diabetes. “Community gardens enable individuals to grow fresh vegetables and fruit, which are key to fighting these chronic diseases,” says Margaret Shields, outreach coordinator for Gardening Matters. “Community gardens also provide physical exercise and fresh air, and do so in a community of support with other food growers,” she said. 2 A newly-recognized problem in children is what has been termed “nature deficit disorder” – a lack of connection to nature. This phenomenon was first described by Richard Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods. Louv argues that certain behavioral problems could be caused by the sharp decline in how little time children now spend outdoors. A community garden addresses these problems by getting families outdoors together to work their plots and grow healthy food. The University of Wisconsin study concluded that the community garden program was valued by the participants for the material deliverables gained from the activities it provided. Gardeners generally consumed more vitamin-rich vegetables, ate a more balanced diet and expended more calories in exercise than members of comparison groups. They saved money on food by producing their own.