Creative Problem Solving in the City of Irvine: The Incredible Edible Park


When watching Irvine city council meetings, I am often impressed with the skill, knowledge, and the dedication of the City staff in responding to City needs. The creation of Irvine’s Incredible Edible Park, located at 15058 Harvard Avenue (Irvine’s Walnut neighborhood), is an example of this. The City’s efforts lead the way to the transformation of this site from 7.5 acres of weed-filled Southern California Edison easement land into an agricultural field that is part of the Second Harvest’s food donation program.(A bike path is also part of the park.)

So not only did this mean the renovation of an unsightly field and savings to the City of $4,500 on weed abatement, but it also means an ongoing supply of food donations for the food bank. The Second Harvest Food Bank, which recently moved to a new and larger facility on the grounds of the Orange County Great Park, helps to feeds the over 450,000 Orange County residents that are at risk of going hungry each month. It also has a field in Santa Ana and is given access to numerous other fields and orchards in Orange County.


Tomorrow: Volunteering at the Incredible Edible Park