Pasadena Learning Gardens

Resourcing communities to create a healthier more sustainable future

Community Farms

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We believe that communities can largely feed themselves.

The first step is to identify four community members to collaboratively grow a significant part of their vegetables. We are developing a plan and series of classes to make this easy.

The key benefits are that each season (spring or fall) each member grows one of the plant communities the group wants. This is much easier than each member growing everything they need.

So one spring, I grow the tomato community and my neighbor the squash community. Plants generally get along with their family members and there are often a few herbs and flowers and other veggies that fit right in.

The next year I’m growing the squash family and my neighbor the tomatoes. This process deals with plant rotation, slows the rate at which one needs to master the growing, cultivation and harvesting of particular plants (depth more than breath), and builds community. Tools can be shared, for the garden and for the kitchen, and supplies and food staples can be purchased in bulk. And of course the process can grow into as many members as interested.

Others can join with fruit trees, assorted perennial plants, bees/honey or chickens, etc. And excess of any harvest can be swapped for whatever else the group needs.

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Author: Mark Rice

I’m a UC Master Gardener with a huge interest in growing my own food, beekeeping, medicinal herbs and living sustainably. I also have a passion to share these journeys with like minded souls. I work with many off site communities and manage an educational organization and two outdoor learning facilities.

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