Community Garden: a piece of common land cultivated by a group of people growing produce, herbs, and ornamental plants either in their own allotments (plots) or in a single shared garden.
It is time to work on our second school community garden. During the summer of 2013 Island View Elementary School garden is going to be built. It will be located on the Anacortes Middle School campus as the second half of their garden. The first half of the garden is complete, build by parents, volunteers and staff of the middle school. It is a very impressive educational addition to the school, designed by Ani Gurnie.
Today’s resurgence of interest in community gardening harkens back to the Victory Gardens of the early 20th century. Community gardens are part of a growing movement to improve our health and environment, build community resilience, and foster self-sufficiency in light of today’s economic, environmental, and personal wellness challenges. Community gardens cultivate more than healthy fresh food and lovely flowers; they also grow friendships, food security, health and well-being, and revitalize our neighbourhoods.
Anacortes Community Gardens is a partnership between the City of Anacortes Parks & Recreation Department and Transition Fidalgo & Friends (Skagit Beat the Heat), a 501c3 non-profit promoting local sustainability. We provide local residents of Fidalgo Island the opportunity to grow their own fresh, nutritious food and share the harvest with our local food banks. Our first garden, the 29th Street Garden, opened in Spring 2009. Our goal is to sponsor several gardens sprinkled among the neighbourhoods of Anacortes that offer public space where gardeners have access to land, water, sunshine, and fresh air to cultivate food, friendships, and community.
Our advice: get your hands dirty with reckless abandon, breathe in the fresh scent of soil and flowers, and soak up the sunshine along with some joy and peace of mind.
Anacortes Community Gardens is a joint project with the City of Anacortes and Transition Fidalgo & Friends.