COMMUNITY GARDEN SUPPORT
Community Gardens and Urban Farms are excellent opportunities to implement regenerative agriculture and offer direct community benefits. Whether you are new to gardening or have had many seasons in
the soil, we are committed to supporting your project or helping you plant an idea of how to start your project. Our Sustainable Agriculture Team works with community gardens in different stages of development and supports projects by:
Providing gardens with technical support
Offering in-kind support and staff work days
Accessing grants and creating funding opportunities for community gardens in our region
Connecting community gardens with additional partners who can support their projects
Huerta del Valle and IERCD
Huerta del Valle, a community garden in Ontario has been a close partner of IERCD for 5 years. We have successfully received grants in partnership together and IERCD has also funded their projects and staff through our past Special Projects Fund program. IERCD staff also support their open market, CSA Program, and organize workshops.
Master Gardeners and IERCD
Since 1981, the University of California Master Gardener Program has been extending UC research-based information about home horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape practices to California residents. UC Master Gardeners offer volunteer services and outreach to the general public in more than 50 California counties. The primary focuses of the UC Master Gardener Program in San Bernardino County are:
To encourage the public to practice sustainable landscaping (efficient irrigation, composting, etc.)
To foster gardeners to provide fresh produce for their families with edible gardening
To promote healthy living and healthy communities through home gardening
The IERCD partners with the San Bernardino County Master Gardeners to reach residents within the IERCD service area through Farmer’s Markets, email and phone helplines, workshops, information booths, and hands-on demonstrations at community and school gardens.
Please fill out our interest form on the Sustainable Agriculture homepage if you are interested in scheduling a free workshop.