Despite the ecological, social and cultural benefits community gardens produce, many such garden spaces around the United States face the threat of eviction.
The Henderson Community Garden, tended by about 25 Hmong families for 20 years, is located on land owned by the city of Eureka and cyclically faces the threat of being taken over by the city to be developed for other more capital intensive purposes. There are a number of community gardens that have dealt with the same threat of dispossession of the land they have been tending.
We have recently launched a campaign to bring these communities together to find solutions through zoning changes or other creative avenues to change this pattern. Our first event was a movie screening – of The Garden, a documentary about a similar drama that unfolded in Los Angeles on a 13-acre community farm. We screened the movie in English, with Spanish subtitles and Hmong interpretation.
How can you get involved??? Help us doorknock in the neighborhood; help us learn about zoning laws to figure out what we should ask for; interpret in Spanish or Hmong for our meetings; help us do outreach for the movie night. For more information call Elena 499.4659 or e-mail email@example.com