PLACE for Sustainable Living Work Party: Neighborhood Resilient Gardens


Neighborhood Resilient Gardens — Wicking Bed Pallet Planter Project

This ACTION DAY we are beginning the fabrication of our Neighborhood Resilient Gardens project, which envisions a neighborhood resilience initiative that helps build and installs front yard garden planters and rainwater barrels. We ask neighbors with unused front yards to host these wicking bed pallet planters on a "temporary" basis in an effort to encourage new growing spaces throughout the neighborhood, since traditional community gardens are based in empty lots which are becoming increasingly developed in our area. Community gardens will cease to exist if we do not re-invent the way we grow food as a community. If the neighbor ever wants the planter removed for any reason, we will move it to a different site if the gardener moves to a different location or to another gardener who signs up to participate in this program. 

These pallet planters will increase the neighborhood's resiliency by establishing more edible and medicinal plant growing space in healthy soil in a design that is more drought resistant. Our wicking bed garden planter is built on top of a standard pallet. The structure mimics groundwater ecosystems by creating a reservoir of water underneath the beds, where, from that source, plant roots can 'wick up' what they need. This design loses less water to evaporation and simultaneously encourages strong root growth and therefore healthier and more robust plants. The design is also simpler for the gardener, as the reservoir needs only to be replenished every week or so. A rainwater barrel will be installed simultaneously with the garden planter and serve as a backup water source, should the municipal water source become interrupted.

Bring sun protection, your favorite gloves (we have some too), & your water jug!

10:30am - Introductions and Orientation
11am - Start on projects

Besides the raised wicking bed, other projects if we have ample hands:

• Front Sidewalk (64th St.) Weeding

• Fab Lab – clean and organize

FOOD for all volunteers! If you are able to help with food preparation or donations, please email us:! This could mean cooking something, cutting up fruit platters, etc.

See you then!

  • September 28, 2018 at 6pm – 9pm
  • PLACE for Sustainable Living
    1121 64th St
    Oakland, CA 94608
    United States
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  • Veronica Ramierez

Will you come?