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October 15, 2013 > Water District supports new garden and education center

Water District supports new garden and education center

Submitted By Sharene Gonzales

Alameda County Water District and Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont join together to support their new community garden and education center at FremontÕs California Nursery Historic Park (CNHP). Once established at the new site, LEAF will be able to demonstrate water-efficient irrigation methods and host landscape classes for Tri-City residents, thanks in part to funding from ACWD. LEAF was established as a nonprofit membership supported organization in 2009 to promote sustainable and ecological practices.

ACWD has provided LEAF with $2,500 to assist the nonprofit with elements of its community garden and education center, including: materials to install efficient drip irrigation systems for 30+ raised community gardening beds, water-efficient landscaping classes, site demonstrations, and workshops that emphasize water efficiency. The partnership includes ACWD funding for installation of efficient irrigation systems and water-efficient landscape classes at their new location.

"We are excited about our partnership with LEAF," said Stephanie Nevins, ACWD Water Conservation Supervisor. "This partnership builds on the District's water conservation efforts and we are happy to provide funding to help make LEAF's plan a reality," added Nevins. Approximately 600 people participate in LEAF, which maintains and supports six community gardens throughout Fremont. LEAF's project will allow more residents of Fremont, Newark, and Union City to grow produce in a local community garden.

Educational workshops on sustainable practices, such as efficient irrigation methods and proper plant selection will also be held at the project site. Workshops will be free, but advanced registration is typically required. As part of a City of Fremont park, the garden will be open to all for inspiration.

"Having ACWD as an ally in our efforts helps make our vision of a larger more visible presence for ecology in the Tri-City area a reality," said Mia Mora, LEAF Board of Directors and Project Manager. The garden and education centerÕs new site should be open by the end of the year.

For more information on LEAF's classes, workshops, and event schedule visit www.leafcenter.org.

For more information on the ACWD and water conservation visit www.acwd.org or call (510) 668-4207.

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