The next step in the find-a-garden-plot investigation was to email the guy who runs the community gardening program. I figured there was no way I’d get in at Lake Merritt, but as I said, I figured there had to be some plot, somewhere in Oakland, where I could just slide right in, no problem.
As it turns out, I am a misguided human being.
My return email from the coordinator:
I have wait lists for almost all of the gardens. Please let me know which garden you are interested in joining. I will warn you that the Lakeside garden has a list of over 45 people and is by far the longest and slowest list.
Of course it is. That’s the showcase garden, the one where they actually train people up on issues like composting. It’s also the closest to my apartment.
But, like I said, I had little hope I’d get in there, so it is what it is. My next step? I’m going to have to get a little nerdy on this project. While the Oakland City Government page offers good photos and descriptions of each plot, I have yet to really be able to look at a list of Oakland addresses and be able to locate them in my head on a mental map.
It’s time to make the first-ever Inadvertent Gardener Google Map. I mean, what is gardening if not a technological activity? Once I have the lay of the land plotted out, I’ll be able to decide which waiting list I want to join.