Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Springfield Community Garden What Is Going On?

The other day I walked by The Springfield Community Garden and this is what it looks like.

First off I will say I like to think it's my job to try to figure out what is going on in the garden. Under the property owner, Christy (also owner of The Pearl and now Starlite) the garden was loaned to me to provide a place for Jennifer and Phillip to start a community garden. They did an awesome job getting it started and have since moved away. I feel a little responsible to see it not being taken advantage of. I know there were talks about another community garden in Springfield. Has everyone moved, is that it? I know a few people who would like to get in the garden and make something happen. If anyone feels like discussing what you know please do, lets get the garden going again.

If you feel like hitting me up on e-mail:
posted by tom p.


David on September 13, 2009 at 8:38 PM said...

RIGHT ON, thanks for looking into this.

IntownJacksonville on September 14, 2009 at 11:32 AM said...

I have inadvertantly been the one left in charge of this. It is important to me, so I dont mind. Alot of people dropped out of the garden as summer hit and the plants needed so much water.

I was approached by a local property owner whose property has water and he wanted to offer it to the garden. I was also approached a few months ago by the local non-profit developer about umbrella-ing the garden under their non-profit. So I have been working on this.

I have recently secured a 5 year lease with the landowner and we have a written membership agreement. There are 22 plots and we have several people signed up already.

If you are interested in a plot, please let me know and I will get you a membership agreement.

Our goal is to get the garden structured enough under the non-profit and established enough within the community that it is more self-sustaining and thus will survive and be a community amenity for a long time.

tom p. on September 14, 2009 at 12:56 PM said...

I just got off the phone with the landowner, and she just said she did talked to you but doesn't know anything about a 5 years lease agreement and hasn't signed anything. I know she has always told Phillip and Jennifer they can use the space for as long as they like, but they left and since they left she hasn't really heard much more about it and doesn't know who Jennifer left it to. and granted it's not cool to just keep passing it along especially without informing the landowner of what is going on. We always thought it was still being run by the same group of people that started it.

Well before I get off the subject I am going to remind myself it is a community garden, community being the word. I would somehow like to get people together to discuss this. Since I have put out this post I have receive a lot of concerned people that would love to take part. I would like to see as many people as possible get a chance to take part. Any ideas for a meeting? Maybe in the garden on a Sunday.

IntownJacksonville on September 14, 2009 at 2:56 PM said...

The lease agreement is with the person on Laura who approached me and offered his land for this purpose. I am not sure who is in charge of the garden on 1st, I was a member, but the people I know who were running it are no longer living here. There was no one left in charge of it as far as I know.

We have held several meetings about the garden on Laura and have had much interest from community members and our neighbors. We are in the process now of assigning plots to those who have expressed interest. If you are interested, then let me know and I can get a membership agreement over to you.

We will be holding another meeting toward the end of the month. I am happy to add your email to the distribution list and anyone else who wants to be added.

Back the f up see more homie

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