Le Jardin Verde Urban Community Garden
CURRENT COORDINATION – 2020/2021:
- A new sign was designed by youth food justice interns and painted by one of the on-site gardeners.
- The site now has a total of 11 water catchment tanks provided through the Urban Ag coalition. They are currently connected by garden hoses with plans to replace with in-ground pex lines next year. The water barrels are really helping with water consumption. The garden coordinators think they will be able to have the garden full this year without going over their water limit.
- Upcoming plans include installing 4 raised beds in an underutilized section of the site.
- The Owners closed the garden when Covid-19 began, but allowed prior gardeners to plant their plots. They did not open it to new people and were not able to have their garden breakfasts that were held every other Saturday because of Covid. Other virus mitigation strategies included not going over to the garden if someone else was there. “The best part of the garden is the fun and fellowship which we are looking forward to soon!”
PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS – 2019:
- 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.
- 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 garden coordinators have developed a set of by-laws for the garden which can be used and/or modified for other urban agriculture projects.
- 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.