We are building bridges across cultural, generational and economic divides within our own neighborhood focusing on:
Our projects foster a sense of connection with the land and ecosystems where we live. We are also reducing our fossil fuel dependence (no cars needed for anything we do!), and building a vibrant, sustainable community. While we are based in the Junior College neighborhood of Santa Rosa, California, we are creating a replicable model for neighborhoods everywhere.
Together with neighborhood kids, families and elders, a neighbor dedicated her front yard to be used as community space. In the years that followed, it has been a place for music gatherings, free garden produce offerings and native seed distributions, children’s art making and displaying, gardening, occasional spontaneous puppet shows, and a site for numerous random acts of kindness. Mainly, it serves as a walkable destination in the neighborhood that brings people, and nature together, reducing dependence on cars for entertainment and connection. This summer, we will be adding more native and drought resistant plants to the area.
We are supporting the proliferation of butterfly sanctuaries/habitats throughout the neighborhood and beyond.
Starting this week, with support from Sunflowers for Santa Rosa and Seeds for Change, we will be giving out Mexican Sunflower seeds (Tithonia), as they are a favorite of the monarch butterfly. We are hoping to plant milkweed as well, as that is where they lay their eggs. We welcome collaboration with anyone with experience creating great habitats for butterflies.
All our efforts to be good stewards of the Poppy Creek Green Space, and to plant poppy flowers there, has led to a reduction in herbicide application in the area.
one of our first poppy seed sowers
Working with staff from the city’s creek stewardship, we have managed to get a landscaper at the property adjacent to where the Poppy Creek Green Space bulletin board is, to stop spraying. This came after a bunch of flowers we had planted at our fall gathering were poisoned and destroyed. New ones are now coming up, and a promise not to spray again was made.