Gardening is admittedly a year-round avocation in Southern California, but this spring marks the beginning of a new growing season for Northwest Community Garden in Pasadena. On Saturday March 3, Harambee Christian Family Center will launch the new community garden with a barbecue open to all.
Last year, Harambee had the opportunity to lease a piece of land across the street from the center, which previously had been occupied by a long-standing liquor store. After three separate fires over the last several years, the store decided to close up shop for good. The City of Pasadena conducted a neighborhood survey on potential uses for the space and chose to lease the property to Harambee for two years for the development of a community garden.
"We are celebrating the coming spring gardening season and will be offering garden beds for lease," said Charlotte Van Fleet, Acting Executive Director of Harambee Ministries. "Even if you don’t want a bed, come out and say hello. Everyone is invited." Northwest Community Garden currently has 10 garden beds, including five that are still available for lease, with space to build out an additional twelve beds. Appetizers prepared with goods from local farmers markets and drinks will be provided at no cost. Hot dogs and brats will be sold for $1 each.