In January, Veronica Valero of the Novato Live Well Network talked with Scott Callow, with the Marin County Environmental Health Services (center) and Juan Pablo Gonzales, driller for Clear Heart Drilling, as a well was drilled at O'Hair Park in Novato. (Provided by Nicole Marelich)
Veronica Valero, founder of Novato Live Well, said she was thrilled that the commission only suggested minor modifications, such as setting a shade structure over the parking space a bit further back from Novato Boulevard.
"I must say, after four long years I feel very encouraged today," she
Well Network put up a $2,500 deposit on staff time spent by city planners on the project.
The city is not in position to spend money on the garden because of budget and staff cutbacks; more than $4 million was hacked from the city's annual budget and 17 percent of the workforce was laid off this spring because of a sagging revenues.
said about $150,000 needs to be raised for the cost of site improvements such as pavement and
parking outside the garden, and that fundraising is critical at this juncture.
Several garden volunteers are working with Valero
on the writing of grants and solicitation of donations from businesses.
"Raising these funds during our economic downturn, with many dealing with unemployment and job insecurity, will be a challenge - including for many on our committee," she
"But the cost is minor and doable when considering the long-term effects on building community."
and others involved in the garden effort have said repeatedly that teaching people to grow food and encouraging better nutritional choices will help in the fight against the obesity epidemic.