Community Garden Survey

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Community Garden Survey
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Source: City of Santa Barbara

Help shape the future of community gardens managed by the City Parks and Recreation Department. The City is developing conceptual plans to improve the Yanonali Community Gardens at Eastside Neighborhood Park, and we need your input. Please respond to this quick survey by May 4.

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ESL_teacher Apr 28, 2022 10:34 AM
Community Garden Survey

As an interested party though not a participant in the gardens, I find this survey inadequate in that it leaves no space for comments. For example, the pictures purport to show raised beds but they are not in fact raised and therefore not suitable for people who need to sit in a wheelchair or stand. And in another question, how is a person supposed to designate a number to indicate priority order ?

a-1651115223 Apr 27, 2022 08:07 PM
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I looked at the survey, and most of the questions are very specific to garden issues, which I can’t answer, as I am not gardening there and don’t intend to. They ask, do I prefer the current raised beds, or a higher version? Do I want the raised beds to be made out of wood or concrete? I would like to say that I want gardening to be prioritized. Leave out the exercise machines if they will reduce the size of garden plots. But the survey does not give me that option.

a-1651160486 Apr 28, 2022 08:41 AM
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@8:07 pm, there's a reason for that, for not having "gardening" be prioritized. As this question, "14. What type and how many seating areas should be considered when developing conceptual plans for garden improvements?", there's no response for a "NO Seating areas - hard to garden when you're seated" because they are intent on having it be a picnic spot, as well. (Sure, some want a picnic spot, not wanting to bring their own blanket and sit on the ground the way it used to be ...and still is for the homeless. They also did not accept a question petitioners asked, "Do you want a bigger garden or smaller?" because, as Hanna, Recreation director said, this is for actual gardeners; the 800+ who signed the petition were not all Community gardeners. YET, they send the survey, asking for responses, to Edhat. com. ...That should nicely water down the actual gardeners' responses! They can then report to the Parks commission the survey responses, "You see, many are interested in smaller plots!"

Most all, excepted the raised beds, are on or slightly below ground level with wood borders; gardeners provide their own planting soil and, if needed, organic fertilizer (bags of chicken s..., for instance.) They also pay for their own anti-gopher wire, sunk 18"-24" or risk gophers. Both the soil and the wire will be plowed under --- a Parks employee told us at a meeting that we could dig up and bag the soil and move it to the new plot --- but, of course, it would first have to be moved out of the garden.

Minibeast Apr 27, 2022 03:05 PM
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Please fill out the survey. We need more Community Gardens and less "improvements" to those that already exist ----- Keep the plot sizes as large as possible. Let the City know that all of the Gardens should be pesticide-free, too, with no toxins sprayed.

a-1651177270 Apr 28, 2022 01:21 PM
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Agree, MB, we need more community gardens. That was what Councilmember Sneddon said she wanted for the $100K ARPA money, but, somehow, that got translated to the Eastside Park money pool, some of which will go to the existing Community Garden, and the plans that few of the present gardeners want. Too bad.... The City definitely needs more Community Gardens -- and that would fit the guidelines for the American Rescue Plan (in response to Covid) guidelines, https://go.bangthetable.com/arp-funds-community-engagement-platform, not the fence-moving and overhaul planned.

a-1651080258 Apr 27, 2022 10:24 AM
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Are there problems? If not, why try to fix something that isn't broken?

a-1651095722 Apr 27, 2022 02:42 PM
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That's supposed to be reduce the size of the Community Garden, not reduce the size of the Community, although sometimes one wonders. (And also the ABR Consent group, subsequently by the entire ABR, approved the uncontested plans for the Park, as a whole, including the Community Garden; no notice was given to the rent-paying gardeners.

a-1651095270 Apr 27, 2022 02:34 PM
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10:24 AM: The only problems are the intent of the City to reduce the size of the Community and to reduce the size of the plots from 10x20' to 10x5' - so they showed at the Consent Agenda at ABR last October, without notice to the gardeners (and they have not said this is NOT one of the plans.) They have said they intend to reduce the size by cutting off a slice on the Yanonali Street side so as to provide adult exercise machines. (There's plenty more space for those instead of taking/removing 5 or 6 raised "community" beds and putting the venerable (nice word for aged) lemon tree outside the Garden!) ...But, no, most of would say that although there are several things that could be improved (a broken, capped off water connection and the yard sale? hoses in some places and especially a better lock system that's been requested, some have said, for more than a year), no, the Garden is not broken but it is still a place of community and joy. ...Speaking here of the Eastside Yanonali Garden that dates back to the 1970's.) It's been a shock to many of us to have Parks & Wreck act in an us vs them atmosphere. ...But nice to see a survey in English; the only one at the garden entrance is in Spanish.

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