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Pacific Beach Community Garden closing after nearly 40 years

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Community gardeners in Pacific Beach will soon begin looking for a new location for the Pacific Beach Community Garden. After Thursday, the garden will no longer be in operation.

“The gardeners have been slowly stepping down their production of vegetables. They saw the writing on the wall,” said Garden Coordinator Paula Gandolfo

For nearly forty years, the Pacific Beach Garden has been tucked away between a group of homes and apartment buildings on Roosevelt Avenue and Shasta Street. Gandolfo says the three acre lot of 60 plots was owned by a group home for the developmentally disabled. Over the summer, the property was sold to La Jolla based Pathfinder Partners.

“We understand that this was all a gift. All 38 years we have been gardening here has been a gift and we are grateful for it,” said Gandolfo.

Community gardens, where residents garden small pieces of shared land, are becoming increasingly popular. People on average had to wait up to a year and a half to gain access to their own plot in the Pacific Beach Community Garden. 

Gandolfo says they don't know what’s next, but she says like a garden, there is always renewal. 

“Us gardeners, we are the seeds. We are going to go out in the community and we are going to help with that change in the community," said Gandolfo. 

Gandolfo says the buyer of the property made a generous dontation to help find a new community garden. Members of the Pacific Beach Community Garden Group say they are working with the city to find space at De Anza Cove to continue the garden.

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