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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is Community Roots Garden open to the public or is it just for people who go to the North Oxnard United Methodist Church?

A: We are open to anyone who wants to come out and volunteer their time with us!  Gardeners at Community Roots include neighbors, a farmer from Fillmore, youth from Oxnard City Corps, Mixteco/a families, church members, and senior citizens. Church members have been involved since the beginning and see the garden as a unique ministry that nourishes people physically and spiritually. They generously offered up the use of their land to the public for gardening activities and pay our water bills each month.  We do not proselytize, but we will try to get you to taste the delicious carrots.

Q: Do you have garden plots for rent?

A: Though the plot model works well in many community gardens, our garden is designed for shared work.  We want to foster a spirit of teamwork and common care for the land.

Q: What do you do with your harvest?

A: At the end of our work/ play days, our harvest is divided among volunteers.  The extra (usually about 80-90%) is donated to the Oxnard Rescue Mission, local food pantries, women’s shelters, and to the Bread of Life program, a collaboration of local churches that prepare meals for those in need.

Q: Can you help me get my required community service hours?

A: Absolutely!  We have forms at the garden that you can bring back to your teacher or supervisor as proof of community service.

Q: Are you open during the week for volunteering?

A: Yes we are often out in the garden Tuesdays mornings from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 1 – 4 p.m.

Q: What if I am unable to work in the garden, but I still want to help out in some way?

A: There are many ways to make a garden grow, and we can find a place for you!  We could use your help with everything from designing brochures to making a new scarecrow (ours ran away) to making signs labeling our veggies and fruits. We also currently need help with fundraising, cooking, and finding/writing Spanish-language resources.  If you have any of these skills, let us know!  And of course, last but not least, we could really use your financial support.  We rely on donors to keep the garden going.  Click the “Giving” tab above for more info.

Q: Do you offer field trips or educational visits for classes or other groups?

A: Yes!  Please click on our “Workshops, Programs and Events” page for more info, or download our Garden Field Trip Flyer for rates and more details.  Scholarships are available if cost is an issue.