The Hi Neighbor Community Gardens initiative is a pilot project designed to create temporary community gardens in vacant and unused spaces throughout Anaheim into temporary community gardens that pulls together hundreds of families and strengthens neighborhood relationships. At the end of the pilot program, our goal is to have created a community garden in each of the neighborhood districts.
Neighbors are gathering, first in groups of twos and threes, and then in bigger and bigger groups each coming week to help plan, build, and organize these gardens. Businesses and non-profit organizations are jumping in to be a part of this community-wide movement. We invite you to be a part of these gardens too.
There are three Hi Neighbor community gardens, one in West Anaheim, one in South, and one in the East. We are excited that three plots of land have been identified as available vacant spaces to begin these gardens, each location has access to a great residents and groups who are beginning to participate in this neighborhood program.
In central Anaheim, a group of residents established a community garden group in the spring of 2011 which became "Anaheim Community Gardens" (ACG), an affiliate of the Anaheim Community Foundation. With the guidance of Council Member Eastman, ACG has led the way in promoting community gardens in the City. ACG is a separate garden project partnering with the City and also Clean City, Inc. to open Ana's Garden on a vacant downtown site this summer, offering garden plots to nearby residents for a modest annual fee. You can learn more about ACG and how you can get involved at www.anaheimcommunitygardens.com
Kindness Matters. Neighborhood relationships matter. Not only will these gardens be a great way to make new friends and get to know your neighbors, but they will also help to beautify the City and help us move towards a more resilient, sustainable future. We hope that you will join us as we work together to build a stronger, more beautiful Anaheim.