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Urban gardening project to provide food for families

March 13, 2009 |  6:07 pm


It is, of course, time to plan a summer garden. But if it just seems like one more chore, all is not lost.

An urban community-supported agriculture (CSA) project is getting started, using front- or backyard gardens at five homes west of downtown.

Here's the idea: Subscribers to the CSA and volunteers will plant the first yard at the end of March. The others will follow, for a total of about 1,000 square feet. The folks at the firm Heart Beet Gardening will plan and tend the gardens, harvest and box the food. Then, if all goes as planned, subscribers will pick up a box once a week at a central location, starting in July.

It's a twist on the usual CSA in which subscribers get shares in the harvest of a farm.

Sara Carnochan, who runs Heart Beet with two partners, says people who volunteer their yards will get to eat whatever they want from their garden, plus get a discount on the weekly boxes, which they expect will cost $25 to $35 a week for a variety of summer produce.

Anyone who wants to subscribe for the season or offer up a yard in the area bounded by Citrus and Western, Olympic and Wilshire, can contact Heart Beet Gardening.

— Mary MacVean

Photo credit: Kathleen Redmond, Heart Beet Gardening