Gardeners In Community Development
A Dallas Area Community Gardening Program
|Live Oak Community
corner of N. Fitzhugh and Live Oak
Live Oak Community Garden
Started: 1992; rebuilt in 1994-95 and in 2011-12.
Size: 4 vacant lots with about .39 acre in production
Number of plots: 27 family plots and 4 plots for food pantry donation, each about 10 x 30 feet.
Gardeners: the early garden was primarily older generation Cambodian refugee families, today there are also families from Republic of Congo and Bhutan. Total 13 families.
Type of garden: diverse ethnic and local crops. Marketing has been part of this garden since its founding. Vegetables are sold through family and community networks, at the East Dallas Community and Market Garden one block away, and at various neighborhood and farmers markets.
Visiting: to visit contact GICD . Usually this garden is kept locked.
History (written September 2012)
The Live Community Garden began in 1992, as a project of the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT). The
first gardeners were
organized by Grace Methodist Church in East Dallas, and named the Open Door Garden. This
early group comprised Cambodian
and Laotian families that came to the U.S. as refugees in the 1980’s.
In 1994, Gardeners in Community
oversight of the garden, and combined training and organization with the
East Dallas Community
From that time until the present, both of these gardens became
intensive sustainable production sites that specialized in growing
traditional Asian vegetables and herbs and marketing them through family
and community networks or to the public at the East Dallas Community
the garden land was gifted to Gardeners in Community Development by CFT.
Around this time many Cambodian gardeners because of age and
illness had to stop gardening, and others found adequate space in the
East Dallas garden. These
vacancies, along with the fact that about 1/3 or the site lacked soil or
was shaded by huge overhanging trees, made it possible to plan a much
needed redevelopment. With
the help of the International Rescue
refugee families from Bhutan were brought into the project.
In collaboration with the American Community
Gardening Association, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi “Giving Through
Growing” donated funds to buy new bed frames,
soil and compost, paid for Bobcat work to change contours, and provided
some of the tools, seeds, and other garden supplies.
The Bhutanese gardeners and community volunteers labored hundreds
of hours over many weeks through the heat of summer to dig out trees,
rocks and roots; moved compost and mulch; built beds; and carried out
many dumpster loads of trash.
amazing results of this community’s hard work in transforming the Live
Oak Community Garden can be seen today.
Families are growing an abundance of healthy food for themselves
and their community, donating some to food pantries, and selling some to
make a few dollars.
|Last edited 09/26/2012||Contact GICD|