Project Summary: The project’s goal is to create a just and local food system by providing residents and community members with tools, knowledge and access to land. This is accomplished by utilizing vacant land for residents to grow their own food, creating opportunities to share knowledge on growing and eating healthy food, and organizing residents to directly improve access to fresh produce and green spaces.
Details: Fresno Metro Ministry (Metro) is partnering with the Fresno Housing Authority to develop a resident-led community garden and urban green space in Southwest Fresno behind the 69-unit Yosemite Village housing complex. The 7-acre site is less than 150 yards from the designated California Avenue BRT corridor. The project will incorporate organic and permaculture techniques including non-mechanical, no-till, no-spray methods that promote carbon sequestration and water conservation. The garden/farm includes native habitat, fruit trees, greenhouse, walking paths, composting, farm stand, and is open for Southwest Fresno community members. Garden activities will be integrated with nutrition/cooking skills classes and job training/entrepreneurship opportunities. Farm activities on three (3) half-acre demonstration parcels will also be integrated with the outreach, education, and training programs. The project will establish a Garden Leadership Committee that will manage the garden’s operations and maintenance of the garden, and Metro will manage the operations and maintenance of the farm plots and green space. Outreach efforts will consist of multi-cultural, multi-generational, multi-lingual outreach to residents and community members, to engage the community in the project site’s programming. Outreach activities will include permaculture training, canvassing, informational presentations, tabling events, social media, and quarterly focus groups.
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The site’s goal is to practice permaculture, focusing on designing and maintaining the site in a way that incorporates community health, soil health, and environmental health.
The site will feature:
- Community Garden Spaces – available for community members to rent
- Farm Incubator Program – a small farmer training program
- Farm Stand – Fruits and vegetables grown on-site will be sold to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables and support our gardeners/farmers
- Hoop House – To grow plant starts to support and expand the site
- Walking Paths – walking paths for residents to enjoy the greenery in their neighborhood
- Community Events – Cultural events will be held on-site, planned and coordinated by the Garden Leadership Team.
Garden Plots are currently available for 93706 residents. It costs $3 a month for a plot. Residents may sign up for up to 3 plots.
To sign up, contact Fresno Metro at 559-485-1416 or email email@example.com
The garden is currently only available for residents of the 93706 zip code.
The garden is open from sun up to sun down.
Yes! We can help new gardeners get started.
Due to COVID, we’ve had to postpone our monthly gardening classes.
When congregating in groups is safe, a schedule of gardening classes will be posted and shared with gardeners and community members.
We currently have volunteer work days Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-5pm. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up ahead of time by contacting Fresno Metro at 559-485-1416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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