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News - February 12, 2014

Community garden in Belle Haven's future?

by Emma Marsano

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park, which backs a number of community causes, now has plans to help the Belle Haven neighborhood build a community garden.

If the city of Menlo Park approves the club's proposal to construct the garden on city property and if the Belle Haven community supports the project, plans for the garden can move forward, said Rotary Club president and former Menlo Park city manager Glen Rojas.

Belle Haven families would lease garden beds at little or no cost and save money spent at the grocery store by growing food for themselves.

The garden would comprise 10 to 12 large, raised beds, spread over approximately one-third of an acre.

Classes would "provide the techniques to ensure the most efficient and effective ways to grow food," Mr. Rojas said.

The No. 1 goal now is to meet with the community to determine the interest from residents, he said. "Once we have completed outreach to residents, we will release the site location."

He said the approximate location is in the vicinity of Ivy Drive and close to the Boys & Girls clubhouse at 401 Pierce Road in Menlo Park.

The Rotary Club wants residents and community groups involved in the process from the beginning, which includes planning, construction, and operation, Mr. Rojas said.

The club also needs to do fundraising. Sponsors are being sought and Menlo Park's Community Services Department has expressed interest in partnering with the club, Mr. Rojas said.

With any luck, the garden could be underway in the first few months of 2014.

For more information, email Joanna Jones at joanna@jonesandquinn.com.

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