The following articles are published by Santa Maria Sun. [santamariasun.com] – Volume 23, No. 12
Bulton City Council offers green-lights community garden
By the wise blood of Caleb
The open space on Buellton Avenue and the corner of Central Avenue will be a future community garden for city dwellers to grow their own fruits, vegetables, flowers and other plants.
During a May 12 meeting of the Bulton City Council, the newly formed nonprofit Bulton Community Garden was licensed to use the city.
Annie Yakutis, who spoke on behalf of the group, said she was made up of several Bulton residents: “Everyone loves gardening, but they don’t have enough land to do as much as we would like.
“Almost every high-rise in the city is within walking distance,” said Yakutis, who believes the site will appeal to community members living in apartments, townhouses and condominiums. Residents have few gardens. .
Yakutis has enough “manpower” to build and maintain the proposed garden, thanks to the support of volunteers and a few local organizations, but Bulton is asking for water for the site.
During the meeting, Scott Wolf, the manager of Bulton City, explained that the staff needed guidance from the City Council to further study the issue, determine the expected water cost and use the property.
Councilor Elicia Lewis and Deputy Mayor David King both expressed support for the project and security concerns.
If some people choose not to respect the place, Lewis said, “the garden should be locked at night, because I think it could be the center of trouble.” The king agreed.
King: “You can imagine people saying, ‘Oh, look, tomatoes’ and helping themselves to a few. “And all those who have worked hard to raise, nurture, and water those who come in will return the next day, and all the tomatoes are gone.”
According to Yakutis, the non-profit organization plans to close the station every evening after sunset, and the overall design and layout of the garden has not yet been set in stone.
Members of the Bulton Community Garden Team recently collaborated with Bulton Planning Commissioner and Cal Poly Professor Aaron Liget, who assigned students of his landscape architecture class to prepare the concept for the site. Students divided into nine groups and visited the venue in early April.
Those ideas can be found at the nonprofit website, buelltongarden.org. Mayor Holly Sierra said he was impressed with the students’ concept.
“All the designs have shown me that it could be more like our little land,” said Sierra.
Bulton City Council members agreed to allow the nonprofit to use the space and direct staff to begin the evaluation process on the project.
“The process is slow, everything takes time. “This is a far cry from cutting the ribbon, but boy, I’m sure I’ll be there when you cut the ribbon into the community garden.”