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Doing Gardens Differentlyv2
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Doing Gardens Differentlyv2
Doing Gardens Differentlyv2
Doing Gardens Differentlyv2
Doing Gardens Differentlyv2
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Doing Gardens Differentlyv2

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Impact Church-CVC Urban Gardening Discussion Document

Impact Church-CVC Urban Gardening Discussion Document

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  • 1. Doing Gardens Differently ! mpact Church & Brown Middle School (BMS) Garden Prepared by Julie Borders For Rudy Fears 21 January 2010
  • 2. Agenda
    • BMS Garden Background
    • “Ripe” Environment
    • “Bearing Fruit”
    • Re-trenching
    • Meeting the Challenges
    • Next Steps
  • 3. Brown Middle School Garden Background
    • Collaboratively created by various West End Stakeholders in 2008
      • 501(c)(3)Created Vibrant Communities (CVC)
      • Community Association West End Historic District (WEND)
      • City-sponsored Neighborhood Planning Unit – T (NPU-T)
      • District 2 Atlanta Public School Board Representative Khaatim El
      • Brown Middle School Staff
    • Envisioned as a Multi-user Site
      • Edible School Yard
      • Community Garden
      • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Business
    • Governed by Multi-year APS Facility-CVC Lease
      • CVC Dissolution in process
      • New Project Sponsorship Search
  • 4. “ Ripe” Environment
    • Macro Trends
    • Back to Basics : Green (Eco) / Food Literacy Movement
    • 1 st Lady’s White House Garden
    • President Clinton’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiatives / School Lunch Report Cards
    • Abundance of Unused + Misdirected Land & Physical/Mental Energy
    • Micro Trends
    • Neighborhood & Spelman College Food Literacy Efforts
    • Established Community & Church Gardens in West End
    • APS-mandated Wellness Programs
    • Abundance of Unused Land + Misdirected Physical/Mental Energy
  • 5. “ Bearing Fruit” Brown’s 1 st Growing Season
    • Eight Raised Beds / 10+Prepped Rows / Compost & Mulch Piles
    • Participation from Multiple Volunteer Groups & Individuals
    • Vegetable & Herb Crops included
      • Tomatoes, Okra, Corn, Beans, Peppers, Squash, Collards, Kale
      • Basil
    • Sold & Donated Produce
      • Atwood CSA & SWOOM Community Markets
      • Hosea Feed the Hungry
  • 6. “ Bearing Fruit” Other Local Youth & Multi-Gen Garden Examples: School-based
    • KIPP WAYS Academy www.kippways.org
      • Washington Park Community Charter Elementary School
      • Saturday Program
    • Pearl Academy Agricultural & Environmental Center www.pearlacademy.org
      • SWAT Elementary & Middle Specialized School
      • Summer Camp + Circle of Life Gardening Center – Youth Entrepreneurs
  • 7. “ Bearing Fruit” Other Local Youth & Multi-Gen Garden Examples: Community Center - based
    • Operation PEACE www.operationpeace.org
      • Villages of Bedford Pines Community (Old 4 th Ward) Neighborhood Development Organization
      • Summer Program for Elementary & Middle School Children
  • 8. “ Bearing Fruit” Other Local Youth & Multi-Gen Garden Examples: Church – based/located
    • Good Shepherd Community Church
      • West End Religious Organization
      • Agricultural/Gardening Ministry
    • Healthly Belvedere www.healthybelvedere.org
      • Partnership among Kaiser Fiundation Health Plan of GA, The community Foundation of Greater Atlanta + the Belvedere Community in
      • Peace Lutheran Church Site
  • 9. Re-trenching
    • The Need
      • CVC Board Volunteer Fatigue / Circumstantial Changes
      • Multi-year Lease Remaining Time
      • Continued Stakeholder Interest
    • The !mpact-Brown Opportunity
      • Closer/Deeper Bond between/among Key Community Organizations
      • Community Development: Economic/People
    • The Challenges
      • Organizational Fit
      • Capacity/Skills
      • Funding
      • West End Resident Engagement
  • 10. Meeting the Challenges
    • Organizational Fit
      • Impact Give Back + Youth Development Programs
      • Future of Impact co-location with Brown
      • Future Turnover Potential
    • Capacity/Skills
      • !mpacter Rudy Fears
      • Community Gardening Activists
        • Julie Borders
        • Eugene Cooke
        • Yasmin Mouzon
      • Organizational Resources
        • GA Organics
        • Atlanta Urban Gardening Program
        • Fulton County Extension Program, UGA
        • American Community Gardeners Association
        • The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta
        • The Foundation Center
    • Funding
      • Initial !mpact Infusion
      • Self-sustaining Goal (Earned Income)
        • CSA component
        • After School Programs/Summer Camps
        • Childrens Parties
    • West End Resident Engagement
      • Robert Thompson, CVC Executive Director
      • Reconnection with WEND & other community organizations
  • 11. Next Steps
    • Determine Key Decision Criteria
    • Size Initial Investment
    • Communicate Plan of Action to Concerned Parties

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