The Greenvale Park Community Garden is still accepting applications for 2010 garden space, (see the posting below for details, and to download the application form).
But since the Greenvale garden always has more applicants than available space, and since there are plenty of folks who would like to garden on the east side or south side of town, it’s time to find some new space for community gardens in Northfield! Throughout the past year, the Northfield Community Gardeners have worked with city staff and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to draft a process that community groups can use to request space for community gardens on city land (both park and non-park land owned by the city).
We’ve worked hard to create a fair process that will allow for public input and also create a set of clear steps toward creating new community garden space on appropriate city land. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board approved this process at its November meeting, and now the process must go before the City Council for approval.
We understand that the subject is on the agenda for the Council’s work session on March 9. So now is a GREAT time for city council members to hear from their constituents who support creating more community gardens in Northfield! If you would like to see more community gardens developed in town, including gardens on city land, please send an e-mail or make a phone call to your city council person to let them know! Even if you are sure your council representative would be supportive of this issue, make that call … it’s one thing for a council member to say “I support this issue” and an even more powerful thing to add “and I received 15 e-mails from citizens in support.” You can find contact information for your city council person on this page on the City of Northfield website.
The full text of the proposed process is attached below, so those who are interested can read it. My apologies for the pdf conversion-weirdness in the title. I’ll try to get that fixed in the somewhat near future.
Garden Development Process

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