Building fences – and bridges – at Phoenix Garden

[original post on Transition Palo Alto website: https://transitionpaloalto.org/2017/05/28/building-bridges-and-fences-at-phoenix-garden/]

It was a perfect spring morning May 20 for work and relaxation at Phoenix Garden in San Mateo. (For more on the garden, check out Kris Jensen’s TPA blog post.)

Volunteers helped erect deer fences to protect a new orchard and other designated planting areas. William Mutch demoed his smooth scything technique, and several folks got into the ‘swing’ of it. And a new sign was erected to show what the garden will like when all the areas are complete.

After work, relaxation. We gathered together as the South Bay Bioregional Hub for a potluck and brainstorm about how sustainability activists can help each other. It is a co-creation project where people meet every month at an interesting project site to combine work and bridge-building in the hope of making more and more sustainability and community projects successful. As one example, Chris Searles shared information about his BioIntegrity project, which connects potential donors to environmental stewardship and restoration opportunities. To help build more bridges outside of these gatherings, we use the CrossPollinators – a website where sustainability change makers can share knowledge about community organizations and projects. Also, check out this cool video about how the Cross Pollinators helped the Freedom Farmer’s Market develop a website and marketing materials within just a few hours, just by bringing the right people together.

To learn more, check out the South Bay Regional Hub section.

Phoenix Garden has a work day the third Saturday of every month. If you’d like to learn more, contact Kris Jensen (krisxjensen@gmail.com). You can also check your TPA email and newsletter for details about garden work days.

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