Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - May 4, 2012

Midtown garden offers alternative

For those who don't want to navigate dealing with squirrels, bats and owls in their own yards, the Midtown Community Organic Garden could present an alternative opportunity.

The Midtown Community Organic Garden provides garden plots for those with aspirations of an organic home garden, but lack the space or adequate environment in their own yards.

"A lot of people come who don't really have the sunlight in their own yards to grow their vegetables," said Susan Stansbury, the community's garden coordinator.

Located behind the Midtown shopping area since 1994, the community garden offers plots ranging from 40 square feet to 125 square feet, at 22 cents per square-foot.

The neighborhood oasis is sponsored by the environmental nonprofit organization, Acterra.

Plot holders are responsible for the maintenance of their own plots, as well as community clean-up days, which occur about every six months.

There is currently one family on the waiting list, and the average wait time can be a few months. Those interested in trying their hand at organic gardening should contact Susan Stansbury at info@midtowngarden.org.

— Junesung Lee

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