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Plan Presented at Second Meeting to Save the Beach Flats Community Garden
The second public meeting to save the Beach Flats Community Garden took place on April 3rd. At the meeting, the gardeners put forward a plan for the garden to be managed by the gardeners. Reyna Ruiz of the Beach Flats Community Center said that the plan was something that she could work with and present to the Santa Cruz City Parks and Recreation as well as the Seaside Company which claims ownership over the land. The gardeners asked Brent, a supportive neighbor of the garden, to accompany Reyna when she presented the plan to the Santa Cruz City Parks and Recreation Department on April 4th.
A third public meeting will take place at the Beach Flats Community Garden on Monday, April 7th, at 5pm to continue discussing the future of the garden.
This sign was made by Brent, the person on the right.
The tangerines from this tree are delicious!
Domingo is said to be in the garden everyday from about 5am to 5pm. He recently pulled up some of his plants after Reyna told him that he was not allowed to garden there anymore. At the meeting, during introductions, Domingo announced that he does not want to garden there anymore. In this photo, people who want Domingo to stay and garden are raising their hand. There was nobody, Reyna included, who wanted Domingo to stop gardening in the Beach Flats Community Garden.
I think that Domingo will continue to garden in the Beach Flats Community Garden. It is clear to everyone that he very dedicated to caring for the land and providing people with food.
On April 3rd, there was still a lot of weeds and scattered bits of trash in this garden plot. I was surprised to see it in significantly better condition the next day.
I'm not sure who or how many people cleaned this garden plot, or what tools were used, but it's almost ready for cultivation now.
Brent said that Reyna has not met with the Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department yet, but that she will try to set up a meeting with them on Monday before the 5pm meeting at the garden.