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.
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.