City of Santa Ana Community Gardens

Date: February, 12 2021 Category: City Manager’s Newsletter, Parks and Recreation

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The City of Santa Ana Community Garden program consists of five community gardens where all ages can gather, learn, and grow. The purpose of these gardens are to promote health and wellness by teaching and encouraging community members to grow healthy food options at home. 

Program staff, volunteers and community members work together to cultivate and maintain the beauty growing in the gardens. The gardens are utilized collectively by the community for educational and recreational activities, such as:  improving the soil, growing food, composting, observing nature and collecting seeds. When it is time to harvest, all of the food, herbs and seeds are shared amongst those who volunteer their time and labor. 

The community gardens are also places for relaxing, connecting with nature and for practicing mindfulness. Every garden is full of life. On a daily basis, the interconnections between diverse plant and animal species are observed. We have seen everything from a Cooper’s Hawk diving down to capture a mouse out of the compost pile to ladybugs eating the aphids from the kale plants. Every garden acts as its own nature oasis.

We encourage the community to join us during our hours of operation to participate in free workshops, volunteer or observe the nature that exists in their urban environment. Workshops are free, informal and flexible. They focus on seed collection, composting and identifying what plants need to survive and thrive. The workshop topics vary based on what needs to be accomplished in the garden, and what our audience would like to learn. The program focuses on teaching and encouraging the community to grow their own organic fruits, herbs and vegetables through hands-on experiences.  
 

BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY GARDENING

  • Great source of physical activity!
  • Improved mood and mental health
  • Ability to produce traditional crops otherwise unavailable locally
  • Inter-generational exposure to cultural traditions and recipes
  • Social interaction with neighbors
  • Cultural exchange with other gardeners
  • The food you grow, is the freshest food you can eat
  • Eating locally produced food reduces asthma rates, because children are able to consume manageable amounts of local pollen and develop immunities.
  • Exposure to green space reduces stress and increases a sense of wellness and belonging.

All garden sessions are free and intended for all ages! Please call (714) 571-4253 or email vdevolroach@santa-ana.org for more information and to sign-up for one of the following days and locations: 

Download program flyer, click here

Time: 3-5 PM

 

Day  Location
Mondays Pacific Electric Community Garden
Tuesdays Madison Park Community Garden
Wednesdays  El Salvador Park Community Garden 
Thursdays Jerome Park Community Garden
Fridays Roosevelt Walker Garden