The people of Huntington Beach received a great Christmas present — final permission from Southern California Edison to begin building a community garden on Edison property at the end of Atlanta Avenue. And a happy new year!
Vic and I will be among the many new gardeners who will cultivate a plot there. We have tried so hard to grow our own food in our small yard. But we can't grow much with the limited space there. Our fruit trees helped push up the poundage of our annual harvest this year, but we grew only about 200 pounds of produce in 2010. Our new 15-by-20-foot plot at the community garden will give us a lot more space. And it won't be in the shade like our home garden.
And there is more good news to report. The Huntington Beach Community Garden group and the Orange County Conservation Corps applied jointly for a grant from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California. The proposal has been funded, so the garden group will have the help of the strong young men and women of the corps for some of the heavy work of clearing the ground.