The current leadership has not been able to contain the fees at the garden. The current leadership has been in place for about 2 years.
Voting For New Leadership
If you are un/happy with the current garden leadership make sure to vote this September 2023. If you miss this voting session, then the next time to vote won’t happen for another 2 years in 2025. Together we can be the change you want to see.
Since the reopening of the San Pedro Community Gardens (SPCGs) the fees have increased dramatically. There are more groups involved in the management and need to be compensated for their work. Mainly, the increase is due to the water fees assessed at the garden Section level. Currently, there is no system where bigger plots using more water are charged for more usage as compared to a smaller garden, or an area with less sections or water usage. Keep this in mind as you review the garden fees:
Garden Membership fee: $30/year Water fee (assessed quarterly) but now fixed at: $20/month ($60/quarter or $240/year) Total Annual fee: $240 + $30 = $270 Yearly Cost: $270
Where to Send Payment
This is the mailing address for LA Community Garden Council.
LA Community Garden Council PO Box 147 Cypress, CA 90630-9998
Make checks payable to: LA Community Garden Council On your check write down in the memo section your section/submeter/plot # + [your name]
When To Pay?
Currently, gardeners do not receive any bill or notification of dues other than at meetings. You can pay quarterly or yearly.
Failure to Pay Dues on Time
If you fail to pay you will receive a verbal communication from your section leader, then a letter will be mailed, and lastly a violation notice will be posted on your garden informing you of garden lock-out.
Previously, the main purpose of this website was to advocate for changes to make the garden a better place. The challenge with the city over the Water Wars turned our mission to advocacy for regular water. Without water gardening was impossible. We also advocated for the need to have more autonomy over garden decisions.
Some of these issues were addressed with the closing of the gardens for the installing the new irrigation system.
The other issue was the questionable management of the gardens by the haphazard garden leadership. To help with this, two non-profits were brought in by the city to help – From Lott To Spot, and LA Community Garden Council. For a fee, they are assisting us with the administration of the garden, including dues, payments, improvements, and leadership.
Our New Focus Going Forward
Moving forward advocacy will still be in the fore-front of our mission, but we realize the important of having an Oversight function as well. Since there are some many parties now involved in the decision-making process it is vital to ensure the leadership is held responsible for their decisions and make ensure that they represent the gardeners.
The Start of an Oversight Board
We will now also function as an Oversight Board to ensure not only the garden leadership is held to account, but also, the other parties involved including, and not limited to LA Community Garden Council, the City, the Major’s office, LA Sanitation, et al. With out proper follow up it is very easy for commitments to fall through the cracks. The start of an Oversight Board will make sure the rules and regulations are being fairly and consistently being applied. Everyone will be able to bring their issues to this website and discuss any violations, inconsistencies and other inequitable issues that will arise in the future. This site will serve as an independent and anonymous way to bring issues to the fore-front so they can be addressed.
To Join the Oversight and Advocacy Board
Cannot hold a current leadership position in the San Pedro Community Garden or any parties involved in the administration of the gardens.
You can be a member of the San Pedro Community Gardens or have experience with other community gardens
Be in good standing with the San Pedro Community Gardens
Want to learn and improve the community
Represent people to might not be able to advocate for themselves
Be able to take a stand against injustice
Be a role model for others to look up to
Volunteer a few hours a week
Access to a computer and work with Google docs or other collaboration system online
“gardeners are now responsible for paying their cost of the water usage which varies from month-to-month based on each gardeners water usage.”
Paul Pudhnum Acting Garden President
For most up-to-date information about watering schedules can be found here, and postings will also be made a the garden.
This schedule will be changed each season to reflect the appropriate water needs for that specific growing season. This schedule is also subject to change due to new water conservations rules, leadership discretion, or emergency maintenance.
Please email (email@example.com) water comments/issues to the garden leadership.
The garden reopening date of March 1, 2020, as stated by the Joe Buscaino’s office, is delayed. We are near the the end of March, one month after the date the City announced the gardens would reopen. There still remains is no word on when the gardens will reopen.
The coronavirus has hampered everyone’s lives including the installation of the water piping and therefor the opening of the garden.
As of few weeks ago, I did see workers installing water piping. Now the gardens are complete closed off.
There have been no updates from the city or the groups involved in the renovation of the garden. Many are working from home so updates and communication is possible. They need to commit to updates as gardeners would like to get back to gardening in the fresh air.
These parties have a responsibility to gardens as well as being good custodians to update and communicate the status to us gardeners. Existing in silo in this age of technology is unacceptable.
Times are challenging, but good people rise to the challenge to help others.
If you have info send it to us, so it can be posted here.