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Neighborhood Veggies at the F&M’er

F&M veggies

Carter’s Compost is proposing 2 small community veggie beds in my neighborhood F&M park. We already know TC is a cool town. We can keep hens and bees. We have awesome bike paths. Yes, we do have a few community gardens (Children’s at the library and on the west side at the Commons) but there should be more. Lots more!

We’d like for the City to start small at the F&M’er but hopefully this will be just the beginning. We envision there being many neighborhood gardens in TC parks and other public spaces. We’ve had lots of support from our TC neighbors with our informal survey. All expressed a want for such a garden in their city park. Comments from our Facebook page included:

– We want to plant another tree @ F&M Park for our last grandchild. We have planted 10 trees there for family members. Ask Park Dept. if we could plant a fruit tree.

– I’d love to see veggie and herb beds there and some fruit trees bordering the trail would also be nice. Will help!

– Yes, yes, yes! My family always has extra veggie starts looking for a home.

– Great idea. I remember what was, I believe, the first TC community garden space on Long Lake Road. Plot after plot after plot of amazing veggie gardens. It was quite the sight to behold.

– I agree–Make them bigger! I love what you guys are doing in town.. Cheers!

– Heck yeah–community gardens for the east side!

– I think it’s a great use of space. Go for it! It’s a great idea, but I do think it would need fencing from deer and dog/cat waste.

– Just wonder how long the produce and plants would last. F&M has had past problems with vandalism. Give it a try – if it doesn’t work, grass it back over

– Great idea. If it is loved much, vandalism won’t deter the good going on….

Is TC ready for a couple of tomato plants in its city parks? We think so.

Here’s our proposal:


The neighborhood garden is more than just a place to grow food. It is a place to gather, learn, and create something beautiful, useful, and healthy. It is a place for neighbors to connect with each other and with their food. The garden will be an asset to the neighborhood and a source of pride among residents; a visible product of land stewardship, and promote a healthier urban environment.


We propose the 2 beds to be for food production (some flowers allowed for our bee friends). Organic gardening is required. No synthetic chemicals including herbicides, pesticides, or
chemical fertilizers are allowed unless they are listed on the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) product list. Gardeners will be responsible for tending to their plot including planting, maintaining, watering, weeding etc.We envision the beds being gardened and maintained year-round (weeding and planting, summer maintenance, regular harvesting, fall clean-up, winter mulching) on a consistent basis. The beds should be loved and maintained in a neat appearance through the year. Seasonal and temporary gardening structures such as trellises and cloches are allowed if they do not encroach upon paths, community spaces. Each gardener is responsible for dealing with the garden material generated from their plot. Composting these materials will be highly encouraged (I can help!!).


Open to all TC residents as individuals, families or groups. Beds will be small so they might only be able to handle 4-8 gardeners. First come, first served? Lottery? Free? Small participation fee? Free with 4 hours (or more) of community service assistance for the plot per year?


The City will design and build the beds. We can help find donations for supplies. If desired, Carter’s Compost can adopt them to help manage the beds for a 1 year trial adhering to the City’s policies and procedures. We can also supply the compost.


Southwest corner of F&M park mirroring the existing perennial beds, roughly 5ft x 12ft each. We feel like this is a great spot. Lots of light, 6-8 hours, to grow veggies. Potential water source? Do the perennial beds have irrigation?Centrally located between Oak Park and Boardman neighborhoods.

Urban agriculture is booming all over the USA. Here are just a few of other cities growing food in their public spaces:

Seattle’s P-Patch
St. Paul’s Community Gardens
City of Portland, OR Gardens
Growing Gardens in Boulder

Please comment with ideas, concerns, desires etc. These beds will be public gardens on public land for the public so your input is important before we present this proposal to the City.

Compost ON!

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