Francisco Duenas works a small plot of carrots, garlic and onions at the Huerta del Valle Community Garden in Ontario on Jan. 18. Organizers are hoping to build permanent community and educational center structures as part of a plan to expand the garden. They have already raised more than $17,000 on Kickstarter to fund the engineering and construction and are seeking the public’s help is raising more funds. (Photos By Will Lester — Staff Photographer)
ONTARIO >> When Huerta del Valle community garden relocated to a 4-acre parcel in the northeast part of town organizers encountered a fenced-up empty field with an abundance of weeds and garbage.
But to executive director Maria Alonso and project manager Arthur Levine, it looked promising.
Just west of Bon View Park, it's the city's first urban farm and community garden. More than 6,000 pounds of produce was sold to nearby restaurants and farmers markets in the last season. Those revenues are then used to pay for the operational costs of the garden.
There are now 62 families who maintain a 20-foot by 10-foot plot of land, for only $10 a year.......
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