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Monrovia Community Garden Pilot Program Nearly Set for July Ribbon Cutting

People getting a tour of the grounds. – Courtesy photo / Facebook, @monroviacommunitygarden

The Monrovia Community Garden Pilot Program, located at 303 West Colorado Boulevard, is almost ready for its big opening; the majority of construction is now complete for all of the garden beds, including:

  • Installation of individual irrigation for each garden bed.
  • Organic soil being placed into each plot.
  • Establishment of the demonstration garden.
  • Installation the permanent fencing.
  • Fruit trees have started to bear fruit.
  • Installation of the decomposed granite pathways.

The program is nearly ready for program participants to start gardening and Monrovians are eager to start gardening. According to city officials, the city received a total of 27 applications for the 21 available private garden plots. Those applications were evaluated based on established community garden program criteria:

  • Access to open space/high density housing.
  • High interest in the program and date of application submittal.
  • Wide geographic representation of Monrovia.
  • Interest in overall program as expressed in the application.

After evaluating the applications, 21 potential garden program participants were contacted and have been invited to attend one of two orientation meetings that will be coordinated in June. Once the potential gardeners have attended the training program they will be able to start planting.

The other six applicants were waitlisted and have been invited to participate in upcoming workshop and training programs.

The city will host a formal ribbon cutting event to commemorate the Monrovia Community Garden project on Saturday, July 20 at 9 a.m.

As part of the Monrovia Community Garden Pilot Program, the city will also be coordinating gardening educational workshops throughout the year which will be free and open to the public. The first of these workshops, Veggie Gardening 101, will be held on Saturday, July 27 at 9 a.m.

If you have any questions, you can find additional details online at monroviacommunitygarden.org.

June 10, 2019

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