Doing Gardens Differently ! mpact Church & Brown Middle School (BMS) Garden Prepared by Julie Borders  For Rudy Fears 21 J...
Agenda <ul><li>BMS Garden Background </li></ul><ul><li>“Ripe” Environment </li></ul><ul><li>“Bearing Fruit” </li></ul><ul>...
Brown Middle School Garden Background <ul><li>Collaboratively created by various West End Stakeholders in 2008 </li></ul><...
“ Ripe” Environment <ul><li>Macro Trends </li></ul><ul><li>Back to Basics : Green (Eco) / Food Literacy Movement </li></ul...
“ Bearing Fruit” Brown’s 1 st  Growing Season <ul><li>Eight Raised Beds / 10+Prepped Rows / Compost & Mulch Piles </li></u...
“ Bearing Fruit” Other   Local Youth &  Multi-Gen  Garden Examples: School-based <ul><li>KIPP WAYS Academy www.kippways.or...
 “ Bearing Fruit”   Other  Local  Youth  &  Multi-Gen Garden Examples: Community Center  - based <ul><li>Operation PEACE w...
“ Bearing Fruit”   Other Local  Youth  &  Multi-Gen Garden Examples: Church  – based/located <ul><li>Good Shepherd Communi...
Re-trenching <ul><li>The Need </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CVC Board Volunteer Fatigue / Circumstantial Changes </li></ul></ul><u...
Meeting the Challenges <ul><li>Organizational Fit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Impact Give Back + Youth Development Programs </li...
Next Steps <ul><li>Determine Key Decision Criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Size Initial Investment </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate...
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Doing Gardens Differentlyv2

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