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It’s mid June and at the Kenney Cottage Community Garden, the table beds are fully functioning. This particular 4’ x 8’ box of soil is supported by 4 thick long stumps of wood that act as legs. You can see men and women rolling their wheelchairs under the elevated garden plot. They would grab a coiled hose attached to the box, push down the lever and spray their veggies with water. The growth rate of the plants in these accessible beds have been faster than the ones in the regular plots. The disabled plot holders are happy to be able to harvest their produce. They are eating the veggies that they grow themselves.

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Meanwhile, we have the box of strawberries of different kinds growing on the side of the garden site. These include the albion, sequoia, eversweet, dynamite, hood, quanault and seabreeze varieties. Our wonderful supporters on 4th St have made it possible for us to get the materials to build this special berry box. Dollars were put in the Kenney Cottage jar while we were out there busking and we ran straight with the money to Ashby Lumber and bought the woods for a discount price because the company is also one of the local businesses that support our garden project.
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Christian Mollett is now our secretary. Next to his ability to do administrative tasks, his talents in the area of gardening and bio-engineering will spearhead some of the high-tech urban garden experiments you will see in Berkeley.  

We also have a pumpkin patch ready for Halloween, more wild flowers to enjoy this summer and an area where the ground has been covered with mushrooms to stimulate soil remediation. 
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    We are creating an accessible community garden on a city-owned lot in Berkeley, California. This garden is intended to serve individuals and families from the immediate and surrounding neighborhoods, many of whom are lower income. The current master plan is also being designed to accommodate raised planters for people with disabilities to garden.

    The benefits of this project include strengthening the surrounding community, ensuring food security for those most vulnerable to the vagaries of the current economic downturn, providing nutrition education to neighborhood children so they and their families can learn about growing their own healthy food, and an opportunity for cross-generational and cross-cultural interaction between seniors, kids and others. If you and your household live in Berkeley and are interested in growing your own food, click on the link below:
     
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    The Kenney Cottage Garden is so named because our hope is to relocate the historic Kenney Cottage to the western half of the vacant lot to be used as a community center for the arts, while creating the accessible community garden on the eastern half of the property. Two local non-profit organizations - the Northern California Land Trust (NCLT) and Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) - have partnered together with us to make this project possible. More information about the cottage is available here.

    Become a member of Friends Of Kenney Cottage Garden. Join one of our committees and make use of your skills and talents to help raise awareness of the garden, volunteer for garden work and aid in our fundraising activities. Consider donating money or materials to the Friends and come to our events. Contact us and take part in our garden project now by clicking on the links below:

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    Mission Statement:

    The mission of Friends of Kenney Cottage Community Garden is to create and maintain a community garden as a resource for the West Berkeley Redevelopment Area and to preserve the historic Kenney Cottage as a usable space.                            

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