Community Gardners Frustrated About Possible Relocation - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Community Gardners Frustrated About Possible Relocation

Posted: Updated:

SPOKANE, Wash. – Right now a group of gardeners in Hillyard and East Central Spokane are banding together to try and save community gardens they worked so hard to build. The city of Spokane is giving the community gardens a year notice to move to a new location as they are concerned that both of them are located too close to drinking water wellheads. They can't risk contamination to the soil.

Marlene Feist with the city of Spokane said that recently the Department of Health was out doing an inspection and they noted their concern with the proximity of the gardens to the wellheads.

Feist said it does not make sense to continue at the current locations and that the city is available to help the gardens move, assist with any new material needed at a different location, and they will reimburse gardeners for any purchases that they are unable to move.   "For some reason they said they didn't check with the state of Washington's rules," Gardener Cristy Gerhardt said.

"Now all of a sudden they are saying it's a danger to the wellhead. We've put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this place." "It's very difficult to find a place that has all the different requirements for a community garden," Gerhardt said. "Imagine the work of trying to get the stuff from this garden moved to a spot that is completely devoid of water, fence, anything."

Donna Fagan who also helps with the garden said the state told them as long as there is no animal compost on the site, they train and certify all the gardeners and they agree to remain totally organic, then they can stay.  

The city says that they cannot police the garden to make sure that they remain organic so that is why they want the gardeners to relocate to a location that makes sense for everyone. The city and state remains set with their request for relocation within the next year.  This debate is ongoing and we will follow the story in the coming weeks.

  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Severe thunderstorms roll through the Inland Northwest

    Severe thunderstorms roll through the Inland Northwest

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:44:57 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Severe thunderstorms moving through the area have caused numerous power outages, downed trees and power lines, and heavy wind, rain and hail.KHQ has team coverage tonight on these storms at 5 and 6.If you are in the area and can safely take a picture, please send them to pix@khq.comMore >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Severe thunderstorms moving through the area have caused numerous power outages, downed trees and power lines, and heavy wind, rain and hail.KHQ has team coverage tonight on these storms at 5 and 6.If you are in the area and can safely take a picture, please send them to pix@khq.comMore >>
  • Helicopter Crash in Wenatchee

    Helicopter Crash in Wenatchee

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:16:03 GMT
    CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. - A helicopter crashed in Wenatchee on Wednesday.Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration in Renton says the crash occurred on Wednesday in Wenatchee for unknown reasons.More >>
    CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. - A helicopter crashed in Wenatchee on Wednesday.Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration in Renton says the crash occurred on Wednesday in Wenatchee for unknown reasons. He says the helicopter was a Bell 206A Jet Ranger.

    More >>
  • FLASH FLOOD WARNING for fire damaged areas

    FLASH FLOOD WARNING for fire damaged areas

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:41:18 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Potential afternoon thunderstorms expected Wednesday are a concern for the Carlton Complex fire because of the possibility of heavy rain and lightning strikes. Even a moderate 10-minute rain can cause flooding, debris flows, and landslides. >>>Flash Flood Warning Has Been Issued>>>More >>
    KHQ.COM - Potential afternoon thunderstorms expected Wednesday are a concern for the Carlton Complex fire because of the possibility of heavy rain and lightning strikes. Even a moderate 10-minute rain can cause flooding, debris flows, and landslides. >>>Flash Flood Warning Has Been Issued>>>
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.