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Gardens: mapped

The map? Made.

There are eight community gardens in the Oakland system: three up toward Temescal and Emeryville, three smack dab in the heart of it all (right around downtown), and two down toward San Leandro.

I know I said making a Google map of the garden locations was the most nerdy thing I could possibly do, but I have to say, it clarified some things for me. I probably never would have clicked through to the description of the Marston Campbell garden if I hadn’t seen it is basically the closest to my apartment building. And I certainly wouldn’t, then, have known that this particular garden is also where the Oakland Based Urban Gardens kids do their work.

I’m ready to put my name on the list. Here goes nothin’.

13 Comments on “Gardens: mapped”

  1. #1 Scott R Davis
    on Nov 21st, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    I’m shocked moving to the East Bay from Hawaii that there aren’t more. Thanks for the map of what there is. I had one one in Hawaii and will look for one again when I’m more settled. I really thought CA would have more community gardens.

  2. #2 Anita
    on Nov 21st, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    nerdy, but useful. don’t ever be ashamed of using good tools :) And fingers crossed you get your spot quickly.

  3. #3 Eva
    on Nov 22nd, 2008 at 6:27 am

    The power of maps! I’m biased because I make them/teach other people how to make them for a living.

    I hope you get a plot!

  4. #4 inadvertentgardener
    on Nov 22nd, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Scott, well, it is an urban area, so I’m guessing it’s a matter of space. That being said, Oakland is not free from blight…not by a long shot…and it seems like there’s room to make some ugly, abandoned plots into gardens…

    Anita, yep — I’m hoping. We’ll see what happens!

    Eva, maps are really powerful tools. I learned that as a reporter, and again when I was working with police agencies using GIS to map crimes and discover patterns — it’s amazing what surfaces when you put everything out there to look at!

  5. #5
    on Nov 22nd, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Quite cool. If only you lived in Utah I’d gladly share my garden with you. But then there’s that boring social life . . .

  6. #6 Ree
    on Nov 22nd, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I’m so excited for you!

  7. #7 inadvertentgardener
    on Nov 22nd, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Kalyn, I would happily share a garden with you anytime!

    Ree, thanks…we’ll see what the waiting list might be there…

  8. #8 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    on Nov 24th, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Keeping fingers crossed that you get the garden of your dreams….

  9. #9 inadvertentgardener
    on Nov 25th, 2008 at 6:06 am

    Thanks, Lydia! Will keep you posted…

  10. #10 A little fear of change – The Inadvertent Gardener
    on Nov 25th, 2008 at 7:54 am

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  11. #11 From seed to seedlings – The Inadvertent Gardener
    on Jan 27th, 2009 at 8:10 am

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  12. #12 The discovery of Oakland Roots – The Inadvertent Gardener
    on Feb 27th, 2009 at 12:22 am

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  13. #13 They call me number 19 – The Inadvertent Gardener
    on Mar 11th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

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