The Community Garden will be a partnership between the City of Boca Raton and the Junior League of Boca Raton. Conversation began last Spring, and the Junior League's Community Garden Committee has jumped head first into planning. The City has been kind enough to offer 1 ½ acres of land near downtown Boca, next to Library Commons, for the Garden space. This community garden will be a beautiful, park-like space, where individuals or organizations can lease plots of land to grow fruits, vegetables, and flowers. We are planning for at least 10% of what is grown to be donated to Boca Helping Hands.
The mission of the Boca Raton Community Garden is to cultivate the spirit of community and enhance the quality of life by creating and sustaining an organic garden of vegetables, flowers, plants, and trees. The garden will foster environmental sustainability and stewardship, advance horticultural and nutritional education, provide a beautiful and natural retreat, and produce a healthy supplemental food source for its gardeners and the hungry.
With the help of Master Gardener, Betsy Pickup, we are in the process of writing a comprehensive handbook, which includes a contract for gardeners, rules & regulations, and some general gardening information. By Fall of 2012, Junor League is hoping to establish an external Garden Association and Board of Directors, who will manage the Garden after the project is released from the Junior League.
A design for the garden has been donated in-kind by the award-winning, local landscape architecture firm, Tonning & Associates. The Boca Beautification Committee recently awarded Tonning & Associates for landscape excellence for his design of New Floresta's four entrances and Jog Road street frontage. Their garden design includes a bricked entrance and walking path that takes you through educational and demonstration areas, gardening areas including plots that are wheelchair accessible, and common areas with bench seating.