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The Community Gardens of Orange County

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Community gardens are a way for residents to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for their families while getting a chance to know their neighbors. Communities have taken over vacant lots and have transformed them into lush community gardens throughout Orange County. With concerns of genetically modified fruits and vegetables on the rise, more residents are searching out places to grow pesticide free vegetables for their families.


San Juan Capistrano Community Garden

25925 Camino del Avion
San Juan Capistano, CA 92675
(949) 493-5911
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The San Juan Capistrano community garden is one of the most sought after community gardens, with 50 families currently on the waiting list. The garden consists of 76 garden parcels that are all tendered by San Juan Capistrano residents. Rent is paid on a yearly basis depending on the size of the parcel being used. Residents can get on the waiting list by calling 949-493-5911.


Incredible Edible Park

15058 Harvard Avenue
Irvine, Ca 92612
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This 7.5 acre community garden is currently being maintained by over 1,200 volunteers a year to help grow food for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Once a field of weeds, it has now transformed into a garden of hope helping to provide food for the disadvantaged families living in Orange County.


South Laguna Community Garden

PO Box 9668
South Laguna, Ca 92652
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Every time I take the kids to play in the ocean, they always point out the South Laguna Community garden. In the middle of the artist community is a special garden that the community has come together to build. Currently the garden is facing a possible closure due to the property owner needing to sell the land. The community is currently working to raise funds to help save this special gem of a community garden.


Fullerton Arboretum Community Gardens

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton, Ca 92831
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The community can currently rent a 15'x15' plot in the Fullerton Arboretum community garden for just an annual fee of $100. The gardens can be maintained on a daily basis during the normal operating hours of the arboretum of 8am to 4:45pm. The Arboretum checks the land weekly to ensure that all gardens are well maintained and enjoyable for visitors of the arboretum.


City of Anaheim Community Gardens

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The City of Anaheim is encouraging residents to come together in one of their three new community gardens that just opened in the month of August. The three gardens have different features and are located throughout the City of Anaheim. Residents can learn more about reserving a spot in their local community garden by contacting the garden directly with the information provided below.

Common Ground Community Garden
1770 S. Garden Drive
Anaheim, Ca 92804 or

East Anaheim Community Garden
8268 E. Monte Vista
Anaheim, Ca 92804

Ponderosa Community Garden
2100 S. Haster Street (Inside Ponderosa Park)
Anaheim, Ca 92802


Harvest to Home

(949) 873-5400
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Don't have a community garden close to your home? Harvest to Home will come out to your house and help build a garden right in your backyard. They deliver the raised beds, vegetables and fertilizers to help families build the vegetable garden of their dreams. Harvest to Home offers in-home delivery and maintenance service. They also offer signature garden boxes that are perfect for families with a small patio or porch to grow their very own garden. Harvest to Home services both LA and Orange County.

Shelby is an avid gardener and enjoys growing a large amount of her family's fruits and vegetables right in her backyard. She can be found blogging daily at the OC Mom Blog Orange County Mom Blog or on twitter @Glitterfulfelt. @Glitterfulfelt


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