THE 2019 GARDENING SEASON IS IN FULL SWING!
WHO ARE WE?
Soil&Water Garden is a group of greater Mountain View residents with a love for the outdoors, getting our hands dirty, and creating DIY projects. We want to help build a community space where people can come to gather, garden, create, and learn from each other. We welcome anyone interested to join us and get involved!
We are a project of the Los Altos Community Foundation. We are thankful to our donors and supporters like the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View, Google, Inc and our volunteers.
We've created this site to keep you, our neighbors and community, informed of what is happening.
AN URBAN GARDEN IN MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA
The Soil&Water project started in a local resident’s backyard. Viola’s family had gardened for years so when they learned of Soil&Water’s efforts to create more community gardens in Mountain View, they supported efforts by sharing their yard.
Many of Soil&Water’s members want to teach their kids about where food comes from but live in apartments where gardening is not possible and the wait list for community gardens is too long.
In December 2016, The City of Mountain View awarded land at Heritage Park to Soil&Water to run a truly shared community garden.
Soil & Water is currently in its third year of gardening!
WHERE YOU FIT IN
Volunteer workdays are held every WEDNESDAY and SATURDAY mornings from 9 AM - 11 AM at Soil&Water Garden and are family friendly. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know, and at the end you’ll receive portions of each harvest. Teenagers can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seeds, supplies, and outreach.
To participate as a volunteer or to get your kids involved, you simply need to be interested in gardening, and then show up on garden workdays as often as you like. Bring gloves, a hat and a water bottle. We usually try to coordinate a light snack so feel free to bring something to share. Typically Feb-May is really busy with planting, we enjoy the harvests all summer long and then wrap up with a harvest festival at the end of summer while winterizing the space and planting fall crops. We try to create one kid's focused event each month but regularly give them fun tasks like watering and picking.
WHERE WE GARDEN
If you choose to volunteer, your time commitment can be as little or as much as you like. Each workday is around two hours. A low commitment would be one workday a month (about two hours total) but we'd love your help every week if possible. If you like what we do, volunteer for a committee and help create events for the rest of the community.
WHAT ARE OUR GOALS?
1. Create an environment around food production and preparation to build community and develop a sense of belonging for residents.
2. Demonstrate sustainable farming techniques to grow fresh and healthy foods in urban settings.
3. Provide opportunities for recreation, exercise, and education through volunteer participation and cooking/nutrition demonstrations.
4. Demonstrate that gardens can happen in however small scale and be aesthetically pleasing year round.
5. Leverage social media to demonstrate food systems to engage the larger community.
WHY SHARED GARDEN SPACES?
In an ideal world, everyone would have a little land to grow a garden. With so many people in the Bay Area, there just isn’t enough land but we want to keep food local and encourage people to grow their own.
Create a garden space built and maintained by volunteers from the community. The fruits of the garden are shared with the community and amongst the volunteers (and really, how many zucchini can one person eat?).
Provide a venue for sharing skills and for families and people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved.
Teach kids the process of how food comes to them and the effort behind the final product.
Create partnerships with local schools and surrounding organizations and businesses.
From a public health perspective, facilitate teaching opportunities about food and nutrition that keep people active and to lead healthy lives.
We want to create a community space that gives back to the community by connecting people through gardening.
Urban shared gardens can be a different way of addressing this: have a single large garden that is a shared space. Together, we collectively design the garden space, plant it, harvest it, and enjoy it.
All gardening work happens through weekly volunteer work days from designing, to building the beds, amending soil, setting up drip, to the actual planting. We share the harvests and if we have extra, donate it. We also create a space to have social events and special events like cooking demonstrations......a community garden.