A dig for more community gardens is underway

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Jul 14 2013 05:57:00 PM HST

Not enough space for those with green thumbs on Oahu. A dig for more community gardens is underway.

HONOLULU -

Looking to get space for those with green thumbs in Honolulu. A dig for more community gardens is underway. Liz Dunn's been occupying a 10 by 10 space in the Makiki Community Garden for a decade. The price for the plot just 15 dollars a year. As buildings spring up and crowd the city community green spaces give residents access to garden plots.
 
"I was actually in an apartment on the other side of Punchbowl and was spreading my plants further and further, and actually had a little pond and then finally my landlord said enough," said Dunn.  

Right now there's only 10 community gardens spread across the city. Gardners said some people waited a year just to get a space in the Makiki garden. There is also usually a long waiting list with dozens of residents wanting a plot. Now, there's a push for more gardens and more chances to grow. The city council will hold a hearing asking the Department of Parks and Recreation to look into vacant land that can be turned into community gardens.

"If you look all around we have apartments all around the place. It's important that people can come out and garden," said Rep. Joey Manahan, Chair Committee on Parks.

"I think since the economy took a down turn everyone wants to grow stuff and there's been such an interest. I had mentioned at one of the meetings, 'Can we add another row? Can we add more places?'" said Dunn.

"We are an agriculture society. I think it's part of our heritage and it's part of who we are," said Manahan.

As the population grows residents say it's also time for the the garden program to grow. The community gardens have on average less than 100 plots per location. There is one large garden that has 465 plots in Wahiawa. The resolution is set to be heard on Tuesday.

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