The Garden Mission Statement:
The Mill Valley Community Garden is to provide space for Mill Valley citizens to garden together - to create a shared vision, to work collaboratively, and to cultivate a place for individuals, families and friends to learn about and to experience the rewards of gardening.
Mill Valley Community Garden
When you think of leisure activities, often times you think of sports fields or playgrounds with hundreds of kids and families using them on a daily basis. At the City of Mill Valley Community Center, we offer another opportunity for activity and engagement with the natural world: The Community Garden. Even though our garden has only 35 registered individuals assigned to the plots, it reaches many more people.
Many families share in the gardening of the plot, or the garden is shared between 2 families. At harvest time, many gardeners share their harvest unselfishly throughout the community, contributing to programs such as Meals of Marin.
The Community Garden provides a quiet, passive form of recreation. It’s a place for people to gather, share with their neighbors, help one another, and to advise and assist in a variety of ways that reach beyond the activity of gardening. The Garden is a friendly and open community with a passionate group of members that continues to widen and expand as time passes.
The Mill Valley Community Gardens’ 1st anniversary party took place on Friday, September 28th, 2007. 35 gardeners and friends attend the event. Council member Anne Solem spoke and thanked the following organizations and individuals who contributed to the garden:
• City of Mill Valley for its funding of the garden
• Marin Community Foundation for the Neighborhood Achievement Award in 1999
• Donations from the Rotary Club of Mill Valley and the Outdoor Art Club
• Park and Recreation staff leading the project, including Parks Superintendent Rick Misuraca and Parks and Recreation Director Christine Sansom
• Mary Lou Ibershof, a current gardener and former Parks and Recreation Commissioner, who, with a group of gardeners were instrumental in keeping the garden idea alive and moving forward
• Current Gardener Bob Engamn for his garden design
• Mill Valley Resident John Smythe for the donation of the headboard wood for all the plots
• Mill Valley Resident Max Moritz for his donation of additional wood for the plots
• CJ Wilson, a current Tam High Senior, for the construction of a raised planter. This planter was his Eagle Scout project for and was built for the Mill Valley Seniors
• Current Gardener Craig Frazer for the design and installation of the garden sign
At the ceremony, Parks Superintendent Rick Misuraca described how Grounds worker Mayo Sandoval identified the garden location. Garden Committee member Kate Gruen thanked all the gardeners who helped with the launch of the garden and recognized Mary Lou Ibershol for her efforts over a 6 year period of time. She continually keeping the garden idea on the front burner and worked very hard with other gardeners searching for and securing the current garden site.
Rick Misuraca was also recognized for his ongoing efforts in overseeing the development of the garden from a weeds patch to a flourishing garden. Kate thanked Hans Fallant for his constructing of the 3 garden sheds. Current Gardner Keith Wedmore finished off the ceremony with a final toast.
For information on how to become involved in the Community Garden, please contact Patty McCulley at 415-383-1370 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org