At the May 15th Carlsbad City Council Workshop, the Carlsbad City Council unanimously stated their support for community gardens and directed staff to look at opportunities to develop Carlsbad’s second public community garden.
Members of the CCGC as well as several other community garden advocates spoke in support more gardens and the numerous benefits they offer to the community.
Gardeners at the Harold E. Smerdu Community Garden were applauded by Parks and Recreation Director, Chris Hazeltine, for the great efforts they have made over the past year to assist Parks and Recreation with maintenance and general upkeep of the garden. Mr. Hazeltine estimated that their efforts have reduced city costs at the garden by $6,500 and city staff hours for the garden by 35% since last June. The 5-member Smerdu Garden Committee, established last August, assists the Parks and Recreation Department in keeping the garden looking its best by monthly walk-throughs to ensure plots are being properly maintained and quarterly work parties to maintain common areas. They have also worked hard to “share” the garden with the greater community through public events like the First Annual Carlsbad Seed Swap and tours to local school children.
Mayor Hall acknowledged the great strides made at the Smerdu Garden, saying “I think what has happened over the past is the community garden has really stepped to the plate.”
Read the article, “Carlsbad: City may add second garden community garden area” in the North County Times, May 15, 2012