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The Chula Vista City Council unanimously approved a resolution to adopt a community garden policy on Tuesday, February 23. The program will designate a portion of city-owned land that can be cultivated collectively by a group of people or individually by designated plot holders.

Siting of the garden has yet to be done, and a group responsible for the garden’s operation must be permitted by the City. During the meeting, city staff noted the importance of community groups and nonprofits taking the lead in establishing the gardens.

The movement to bring the project to Chula Vista started early in 2009, when representatives from the community, public health advocates, and elected officials voiced interest in the establishment of gardens.

Proponents of the project stated that the garden will allow Chula Vista communities to “…access fresh produce, engage in healthful low-intensity exercise, and develop a sense of neighborhood cohesion.”

Charlotte Dixon, director of the Healthy Eating Active Living Cities Campaign, said that with the adoption of a community garden policy, Chula Vista became the first “active” HEAL city; 26 other cities throughout California have been classified as “eager” HEAL cities.

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a2zresource Feb. 26, 2010 @ 12:55 p.m.

This compares favorably to La Mesa's stance against poultry preening within its city limits.

One wonders if there will be a community garden on top of the high school over the proposed San Diego main library that may or may not have San Diego's permanent homeless shelter in its basement.

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Joe Poutous March 2, 2010 @ 7:08 a.m.

So it would be:

Community Garden High School Library Homeless Shelter

Revolutionary idea, but it will never fly. Being a parent of a teen, I can't see the shelter in the same building as a high school ever being approved.

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