Building Community Roots

x_cantella4The Carlsbad Community Gardens Collaborative (CCGC) recently broke ground on the new Centella Street Community Garden with help from the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club. Approximately 50 volunteers helped build 28 10’x4’ boxes that will be used by the CCGC to transform the plot of land into a thriving garden. Christine Vanderpool shared, “The At-Work Day with Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary was a perfect example of community volunteers coming together to make a difference.”

x_cantella3The Centella Street location will be the first community garden in the South Carlsbad area and has been in the works for nearly two and a half years. With a long waiting list for current public gardens located in Carlsbad, the new site has been a much-anticipated addition to the CCGC. The organization hopes to eventually have over 70 beds to serve the community. The projected opening date for the Centella Street Community Garden is mid-to-late summer. For an annual fee, community members can select either a 10’x4’ or 10’x10’ in-ground plot to grow their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The CCGC provides the initial box, soil, and access to water in addition to offering workshops from master gardeners. The CGCC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit led by an all-volunteer board of directors consisting of Carlsbad citizens working together to create a network of community gardens and garden-sharing resources. For more information on the CCGC or to get involved with future volunteer events for the garden visit or email