The Project

The Near Food Project, beginning in National City, is helping communities to initiate and maintain accessibility to food sources, while exploring how others in surrounding communities have created their own community gardens

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Magnolia Garden

Originally intended for the students of the adjacent school, this garden has become community rented and maintained.  On about an acre, the twenty-five plots are very large (about 25' X 25').  The garden is closed to the public.

Summers Past Garden

This well-maintained garden is very large with a great lawn in the back. There are herbs, soaps, succulents, and lattes for sale at this community oriented garden.  Picnics on the lawn are welcome.  In a private section to the west, the herbs and succulents are grown.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cuyamaca Water Conservation Garden

Located in Rancho San Diego on the Cuyamaca College campus, this garden is extensive.  It is a teaching garden for the horticulture and landscape design students. It has a water recycling system and a "surprise" motion activated water feature.  It is open to the public daily with a suggested donation of $4 for adults.

Stein Family Farm

Located in National City, this garden is large, complete with an orchard. The plots, about 5' X 12', are well organized and bountiful.  The garden is open to the public Saturdays only.

Golden Hill Community Garden

Really close to downtown, this beautiful garden is located in Golden Hill.  There are about thirty plots that are 12' X 4'.  There is a composting area and a storage shed.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Seeds at City Garden

This large garden is located on the San Diego City College campus. It is open to the public, but it is principally for students.  There are no designated plots, so you basically choose a spot available and work on it.

The World Beat Community Garden

This is a small community garden located on the very end south side of Balboa Park.  It has five plots which are 6'x9'.  It has one corn field that is 15'x24'.  This garden is open to the public.

The Juniper Front Community Garden

Located on Front Street in San Diego, this garden has large plots (10X15).  It also has at least 30 plots; however, it is not open to the public. 

Monday, April 26, 2010

Victoria's Gardens

Located in Lakeside, this garden has large plots and grows "pick-your-own" pumpkins and strawberries alternatively throughout the year.  There is no admission fee, but if you want any produce, you must pay for it at the on site farm stand.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Pacific Beach Community Garden

Located in a very low transit area, the Pacific Beach Community Garden has large plots--10' X 25'.  The waiting list is long, but once you begin planting, you can feel secure with your plot, as it is surrounded by many residents who feel connected to the garden.

The Orchard Garden

The Orchard Garden, located in Point Loma, is in a 500 unit community for the elderly to promote some outdoor hands and crafts activities.  It is not open to the public, but around 700 people have access to it, and many have their own growing plants, vegetables, and fruits on them.  The plots are about 6'X 12'.