Gardeners Group Gathers Tonight

Alameda Backyard Growers will have its monthly meeting tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, August 11, focusing on community gardening. The venue is
High Street Station, 1303 High Street at Encinal Avenue.

The City of Alameda recently held two community workshops to plan for the future of the city’s parks and green spaces, and the workshops gave residents an opportunity to offer input and ideas on community gardens and urban agriculture in Alameda, according to the group.

Currently, there are two community gardens in Alameda: the Bay-Eagle Community Garden, which has a multi-year waiting list, and the Alameda Point Collaborative Community Garden Co-Op, which is primarily for APC residents.

Speakers at tonight’s meeting include Gladys Schwalm and Birgitt Evans, who met at the very first ABG meeting in March 2010 and worked out a co-gardening arrangement that is still going strong.

Pamela Cowart, co-chair of Christ Church’s Outreach Commission, will discuss the Christ Church garden at Ploughshares Nursery at Alameda Point. The church’s garden provides produce for the 100-plus individuals who attend their food pantry at 9 a.m. every Tuesday.

Also, Ang Hadwin with Public Health Law & Policy’s Planning for Healthy Places Program will give an update on Alameda’s Urban Farm & Garden Plan as part of the larger Urban Greening Plan initiative.

Those coming to the meeting on Thursday are encouraged to bring garden produce for the Alameda Food Bank.

Janet Levaux