Site Selection Planning

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June 28, 2012 by Zee

Buttercup Farm
Once a ‘lot has been spotted’  or people have gathered around a cause; a thorough overview of the vacant lot must be conducted to avoid confusion and increase support.

The soil needs to be tested if the spot is a place where children might play or plants may be grown or handled. This includes the pH, testing for heavy metals, nutrient makeup as well as slope of the landscape, erosion and necessity for new or protective soil. It should also evaluate storm-water drain off pathways and water sources for irrigation; these two can most certainly work in conjunction.

Other things very important in determining the use of a lot for a specified purpose would be the sun exposure, wind patterns and micro(within garden) growing conditions/topography. Additionally visibility, distances from streets, and recording any acts of vandalism would also go a long way in determining potential for community cohesion and value.

Temporary and long-term fencing and decorative elements need to be considered including perennial, shrubs with thorns, vines or fence rental, repair and maintenance.

Finally the lot needs to be cleared for short-term or long-term site selection by finding out about its owner or obtaining licensure and ownership from the proper city department.

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