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They call me number 19

Early this week, I got an update from the Oakland community gardening coordinator. Turns out the Marston Campbell garden? The one I mapped out and identified as ideal? Not open to the public.

The garden is the sole territory of Oakland Based Urban Gardens, a stellar program that gets kids excited about gardening, no matter how citified their environment.

Instead, the coordinator offered me a spot on the list at another garden, one up toward Temescal, that doesn’t appear on Oakland’s website, nor, therefore, on my map of the city’s community gardens.

And yet? Even though this garden is, apparently, so secret as to not officially rate publicity, I am number 19 on the waiting list.

The coordinator assured me this is not an accurate representation of the real situation, and, well, I couldn’t help but think, Really? ‘Cause your website, also, seems not to be an accurate representation of the real situation. But I bit my tongue, and am just grateful to be nominated.

Or whatever.

Anyway, apparently when the coordinator calls people on the list, often they don’t want a plot anymore. Possibly because they have had to wait so long for said plot that their children have just gone ahead and put them in a nursing home.

(He didn’t say that last part.)

The good news in all this (besides the false 19) is that apparently they will fill plots on a rolling basis. So, even though March is the deadline for re-upping one’s annual commitment, if someone kicks the gardening habit in, say, June, I could slide right in and get going during the prime growing season.

That’s, of course, assuming Waiting List Members one through 18 turn down their chance at a piece of Oakland dirt.

7 Comments on “They call me number 19”

  1. #1 http://www.theperfectpantry.com/
    on Mar 12th, 2009 at 5:05 am

    That’s some crazy system — but I’m not surprised. I think it’s typical of many small community organizations. And it’s also likely that the first 18 people on the list will not want a garden, and you will slip right in there, because we are all rooting for you!

  2. #2 http://spackleshot.blogspot.com/
    on Mar 12th, 2009 at 5:06 am

    temescal is the place to be!

  3. #3 inadvertentgardener
    on Mar 12th, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Lydia, we’ll see…and there may be another option in the works…stay tuned. ;-)

    Kitty, that’s what I hear! :-)

  4. #4 An opportunity for my Oakland peeps – The Inadvertent Gardener
    on Nov 6th, 2009 at 1:23 am

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  5. #5 Chiot's Run
    on Nov 6th, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Very interesting. I wish we had a community garden around here. I’ve considered starting one, but living in a rural area, if someone wants a garden they just put one in the front yard. I may be doing that soon to get some full-sun area.

    Hope you move up in ranks quickly.

  6. #6 inadvertentgardener
    on Nov 13th, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Chiot’s Run, I love front yard gardens even more than back yard ones — I think it’s fun to be able to see what people are growing!

  7. #7 Where things (don’t) stand with the community garden – The Inadvertent Gardener
    on Feb 2nd, 2010 at 11:11 pm

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