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Waterfall Community Garden Located: 5 miles up county road 203 Joy O’Neil, MWR Founder, Kcenia Institute Sustainability Educator & Consultant www.kceniainstitute.org.

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1 Waterfall Community Garden Located: 5 miles up county road 203 Joy O’Neil, MWR Founder, Kcenia Institute Sustainability Educator & Consultant

2 Questions:  Why did you first start this and what is a brief background of the garden?  2. How did you first organize this garden?  3. What are the limitations/challenges of having your type of community/neighborhood garden?  4. What are the future plans of your garden?

3 Why did you first start?  Taffy’s vision  Enjoyment, socialization  Beautification  Sharing: cook for others, give food to others  Help others: elderly, youth -intergenerational  Community  Sustenance  Land rehabilitation  Food Security  (Notice financial profit is NOT our goal)

4 What is a brief background of the garden?  Several of us jumped on board.  Flier posted neighborhood bulletin board.  Our first year, 3 families.  Now, serve ~50 not including several restaurants.

5 How did you first organize this garden?  Posted a note on the community bulletin.  Held several start up meetings.  Drew up a garden space, tilled, brought in manure, fence, weeding. Collaborative effort.  Donated materials.  Split electricity, tractor, piping and pump costs ~$100 the first year and ~$ every season thereafter

6 Part of organizing was to check out other designs as you are doing here today.

7 What is our type of community Garden?  COLLABORATIVE INDEPENDENCE  We split cost for supplies.  We each have our own plot of varying sizes.  We have various models but overarching goal is: to “go beyond the self”; to operate as ecologically, social and economically sustainable as possible.  To support this we: share (with each other and others outside of the garden, teach, grow by organic and/or biodynamic principles, sell - profit goes back to the garden, support, cook for others and most of all we give, give, give.

8 Pros and Cons to our model?  Pros  Independence  Respect for one another’s plots (don’t water someone's unless they ask etc..)  Freedom - Help each other if some one is out of town.  Variety  Share experiences and techniques with one another.  Work on your own schedule (several scheduled events for the “dirty” work”)  Cons (no cons! but, points to remember):  Ensure we all pitch in on weeding, beautification.  Keep an eye on pump.  Helping Taffy when needed  Leave our plot fairly untidy after season so our garden continues to feed Taffy and occasional wildlife.

9 Future plans of your garden?  Buy a new pump.  Add large gate  Revamping our compost pit.  Re-routing our electrical source.  Bring in port a potty?  Need a gas powered weed whacker.  We need more people like Taffy to share their land and replicate this model of community gardening.

10  Understand environment, economics,  A Kitchen & Garden Based Learning Program  July 17 th -August 9 th  10am-2pm  Animas Valley Grange  Contact:

11 Joy O’Neil, MWR Founder, Kcenia Institute Sustainability Educator & Consultant

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