Allow for shared gardens between properties


So many of our vegetables and fruits come from so far away, and require heavy transportation costs and impacts to our overall air quality and environment - why not bring the source closer? Even if a green thumb is not everyone's forte, a desire to eat fresh vegetables and fruits often is here in Alexandria. And while not everyone has property large enough to allow for a full vegetable garden in the back, perhaps some shared property between two or more properties may be the answer to allow everyone to grow some edibles in their yards, and share in the harvest that often is in overabundance on any one property (how many of us have ended up with too many zucchinis at the beginning of summer? Too many tomatoes?). It wouldn't be as much of a project that the City would have to undertake - it's a matter of adjusting zoning rights to allow some area on residential properties to become shared land. Agreements can be left among neighbors, so that all interested build consensus whether or not they want to have a shared garden - and it could help build some comraderie over the fence line.


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