Big Bear Community Gardens
The Big Bear Valley Community
Gardens Project is ready to grow vegetables and fruit again,
and you can help!
Now there are two locations in Big Bear.
The first garden located on Fox Farm Road, across from K Mart, is called China Gardens
, named after the original vegetable gardens in this area maintained by the
Chinese during Big Bear Valley’s Gold-rush Days. This half acre garden offers individual
raised beds and a large food pantry bed for supplying fresh food for several
Big Bear Valley food pantry programs. To sign up for an individual bed or be a
volunteer at the Garden, call Robbie Bos at 909-486-8736. Beginning in mid-July,
volunteers harvest crops every Tuesday at 8:00 A.M. Volunteers are welcome to
come join in the harvest!
The second Big Bear Valley garden is now open in
the East Valley gardeners to grow their
vegetables. The Parks & Recreation
District’s old soccer field at The Ranch in Erwin Lake has been repurposed into
a huge community garden called the Ranch Community Garden. In its
infancy, the Ranch
Community Garden needs some help to reach its full potential. This
five-acre site currently has 48 individual raised beds that can be rented for
the season directly through San Bernardino County Parks & Recreation
District Office located in Big Bear Lake on the west end of Meadow Park.
June 11, 10:00 A.M. Seeds
& Plants, Proper Planting and Care
July 9, 10:00 A.M. Bugs, Health, & Harvest
August 13, 10:00 A.M. Harvest,
Mulching, Soil Nutrition
September 10, 10:00 A.M. Preserving Your Harvest
October 8, 10:00 A.M. Winterizing
Your Veggie Bed
The Big Bear Valley
Community Gardens Project was created by a committee of
dedicated valley residents and city officials who worked hard to create and
design a model community garden here in the Big Bear Valley.“Thank
You!" to all of the individuals and organizations involved along
the way that made these two community gardens a reality including The
Lighthouse Project, our local nurseries Hunters and Emingers, San Bernardino
County Parks & Recreation District, Nativescapes, Butcher’s Block and dozens
of other businesses and individuals that donated and supported the mission of
providing locally grow food, education, and a
place where people can grow their own food, here in the valley.
The bigger vision is to include fruit
trees, corn, berries, melons, beans, a pumpkin patch, and herbs. To accomplish
this, volunteers are needed. The Big Bear Valley
Community Gardens are looking for: dedicated students, past
farmers, gardeners, new growers, retirees, anyone with a few extra hours and a
desire to grow the vision. This
garden is in the beginning stages of development.
To volunteer contact Robbie Bos at
909-486-8736. To register for a raised bed for your garden, contact Parks &
Rec at 909-866-9700 or visit the Parks & Recreation District Office, at
41220 Park Avenue, Big Bear Lake.
The educational Workshops/Classes are back at China Gardens! The workshops are
designed to educate those who have rented raised beds at the gardens, but are open
to anyone interested in growing food in raised beds in Big Bear Valley. All
workshops are FREE and are held at China Gardens, 42050 Fox Farm Road, Big Bear
Lake. These workshops are on the second Saturday of each month, May through
October, at 10:00 A.M.