Coronavirus And The Garden Reopening Date

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.

Construction Work Phase Started

Even though the garden has been closed since about August 1, 2019, there were no signs of any work being done.

Beginning on about January 7, 2020 there were finally construction signs posted and people doing work to install new water piping for the garden.

This is the official website for the San Pedro Community Gardens (SPCG). Please check back for updates.

LA Sanitation Dept. Management Must Resolve Gardeners Water Problems In An Adult Manner

No Water for 8 weeks again

Gardeners were left without water again. There was no notice, no warning, no nothing. To bad for the people who were trying to grow organic vegetables, and fruits to feed their families. Los Angeles City does not care, or do they?!

Every time the water is cut off unexpectedly, you are hurting people and families who depend on their gardens to feed their families with the vegetable they grow.

There are many people struggling and growing their own food is a noble aspiration. Times are hard. People are having a real crisis with affordability in our city with rent, transportation, and food cost so high here. Gardening is an important aspect to supplement this crisis and shutting off the water unexpectedly is shutting down the ability for people to feed their children and themselves.

The Los Angeles City and Los Angeles Sanitation department should respect the gardeners and provide adequate representation to resolve water issues in a timely manner. These problems are solvable with the right adults sitting down to resolve it.

LA Community Garden Council Brought To Help

Taken directly from the LA Community Garden Council.

“The Gaffey Street Community Garden in San Pedro was founded more than 40 years ago on a 4-acre site owned by the Los Angeles City Bureau of Sanitation, one mile west of the port of San Pedro and alongside the 110 freeway.  There are 200 families working 15’ x 15’ plots to grow healthy food in the garden.  Los Angeles Community Garden Council is working to revitalize this garden and we have hired a consultant community organizer to work with the gardeners to organize an effective volunteer management team and regular gardener meetings. ”

To Summarize:
They are going to Revitalize the garden
-Hired a Consultant to organize a volunteer management team of gardeners

Revitalize is a big word, but what does it mean? I don’t know what their scope is when calling it a revitalization. Will wait to see more as the days get closer.

Not sure who the consultant is, but hey, if this is what it takes to get Carlos and the existing “Board” gone, then so be it.

This project is listed below 4 other projects. This means our San Pedro Community Gardens will still not have water for a few more years – its already been 3 years.

I hope the Los Angeles Community Garden Council can help provide us with a temporary water solution before coming in to revitalize our gardens.

New Water Piping in Area 7

I have been informed that new water piping has recently been completed in area 7.

Not sure why area 7 piping was changed or upgraded, because area 13 and 15 have ZERO water for the last 2 years. They should be priority areas for new water piping.

Send me updated information to be posted here for all of us to be updated – here.