The Issue: Benefits of Community Gardens
A community garden is more than just a nice spot in the neighborhood. In areas such as Bayview, where residents have been negatively affected by air pollution and a lack of fresh produce, according to a report from Race, Poverty and the Environment, a community garden can improve both the environment and quality of life for residents.
The Campaign: Expanding a Community Garden
If 35 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Quesada Gardens Initiative can install two raised pollination garden beds at its Palou Community Garden, where volunteers are creating a small apiary. Each additional $10 donation will be used to purchase more pollination garden beds and other materials such as a beekeeping starter kit, garden tools, mulch, and a drip irrigation system.
The Palou Community Garden—located above a train tunnel on Palou Avenue in Bayview—has transformed a former dumping site into a beneficial outdoor community space. With the addition of an apiary, volunteers will continue to improve the garden while creating unique opportunities for residents to learn about the environment and the importance of bees.
Quesada Gardens Initiative
Every Saturday, volunteers for Quesada Gardens Initiative can be found pulling weeds, harvesting produce, or freshening up public spaces as part of several ongoing projects in the Bayview community. Whether the project is an outdoor mural or a garden, the end goal is the same: to help connect residents as they work toward improving their neighborhood. Along with organizing community-defined, resident-led projects such as food-producing gardens and gathering spaces, Quesada Gardens Initiative hosts free, family-friendly events such as outdoor film festivals.
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