El Jardin Verde Community Garden

CURRENT COORDINATION:

  • Le Jardin Verde was approved for a Conditional Use exception to allow for a community garden in the existing R-2 zone in 2010.
  • The garden has ~22 plots available for lease on an annual basis, although they are currently not leasing all available plots due to water cost issues.
  • In the summer of 2019 the garden acquired 5 – 250 gallon water catchment tanks from the Nature Conservancy, who also delivered and installed the tanks on-site at no charge to the garden.
  • A garden work day was held this summer where several youth food justice interns came to the site and assisted the growers in various types of work needed.
  • The work day also served as a learning experience for the youth interns and exposed them to a traditional community garden type of urban agriculture.

OPPORTUNITIES:

  • The Owners of Le Jardin Verde are interested in working with the City of Albuquerque and ABCWUA to reduce water costs which would allow them to increase the number of active garden plots and thereby increase food production in the garden.
  • The Owners are in need of new signage for the garden and are hoping to get assistance from other agencies in the project including Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque Parks & Rec.
  • The garden coordinators have developed a set of by-laws for the garden which can be used and/or modified for other urban agriculture projects.

LESSONS LEARNED:

  • Water cost is a barrier that has prevented full utilization of the garden’s capacity. Working with the ABCWUA along with strategic use of water catchment systems can reduce the burden of paying for water throughout the year.

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