November 6, 2017
Incredible Edible Mid -Peninsula joined forces with CATA and Whole Foods Redwood City that has come together into one gorgeous project. There is a beautiful mural painted along the back wall of Jefferson and Adams Street. Whole Foods then wanted a community garden to tie the whole project together. They asked Incredible Edible if we could plant the garden. There are two raised beds. On the Adams Street side, we put in herbs including: rosemary, sage, holy basil, cilantro, chives, garlic chives, dill, oregano, marjoram and lavender. On the Jefferson Street side the raised bed has: swiss chard, kale, spinach, and three different kinds of lettuce. We completed planting in late September. The plants are starting to grow and we may allow the community to start picking sometime in the next few weeks, probably mid or late November 2017. This is a true community garden and we hope that people will stop by and help themselves. The plan is for everyone to take just a little bit at a time, that way everyone can participate and enjoy the community garden. We will update and rotate the vegetables and herbs as needed and with the seasons.
Thursday Claire Felong and Carol Cross were excited to talk again with Peter Tsai, VP of Real Estate Development & Michael You, Assistant Development Manager, of the extensive Sobrato Broadway Plaza project at Broadway and Woodside Roads in Redwood City. Covering almost 6 acres it is a mixed-use project of 400 market-rate residential units, 120 affordable residential units, office and retail space. In their initial April requests in for community input we suggested rooftop gardens, less hardscape, community gardens and pollinator plants. Along with input from many others, they revised and recontacted us about the garden elements. They’ve identified south facing common areas in both the affordable housing and market rate apartments that would work for gardens and we discussed about how fruit trees and pollinator plants could be incorporated into common areas throughout the development. We are looking forward to working with staff on the details of developing and managing the gardens when the apartments are under construction in preparation for new gardeners.
August 2017 – Two Gardens in the Making
The small number of community gardens on the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula all have long wait lists, so in October 2016 we began an initiative to encourage and support more Community Gardens. Incredible Edible acts as a clearinghouse to match gardeners and landowners and provide the education and support to form new gardens.
Gardens can take a variety of forms from individual plots on an apartment rooftop to communal efforts that offer much of the crop to food banks. We can offer agricultural, organizational, technical & logistical support for the the formative process and ongoing operations of these gardens.
If you are interested in being part of a Community Garden we invite you to take this Community Gardening Survey to identify your interests and skills. We hope to have our first gathering of gardeners who see themselves as garden leaders in November 2018.
Come be part of the movement!