It has been over a year since the kids and adults in our neighborhood first envisioned, designed and then built our community bulletin board and sign, designated for the green space at the walk-through at Carr and King streets. Despite support for this project from several city council members, as well as numerous dedicated city staff, we have not yet been allowed to install. This project was created to bring positive attention to a neglected and frequently trashed piece of city property, to build community, with a focus on empowering neighborhood youth, and to encourage stewardship of the surrounding land and creek. At this point, we are watching the original kids involved growing up as their project languishes….. and, as you can see, they are pissed!
We are building bridges across cultural, generational and economic divides within our own neighborhood focusing on:
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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.
Growing a Village/Cultivando un Pueblo was acknowledged for our work stewarding the Poppy Creek Green Space and Creek at an award ceremony at Finley Center in August 2012. We also received 2 grants, two years in a row, to support our work, from The Community Advisory Board, the second of which went toward our Poppy Creek Green Space projects, of which some of the details are below:
A large group of adults and children from our neighborhood have designed a community bulletin board and sign, to be installed at the Poppy Creek Green Space, at the intersection of King and Carr. It’s purpose is to highlight and encourage environmental stewardship projects in the vicinity, community events, and children’s creativity, and is designed to stand at a height accessible to our youth. A collective of children and adults have committed to maintaining the board, and the city has promised to attach a receptacle for dog poo pick-up bags. We have also been cleaning the space and planting poppy flowers.
Posted November 12, 2013
Where: 1899 Mendocino Ave., www.srcommunitymarket.com
Did you know you can support Growing a Village/Cultivando un Pueblo by shopping at our neighborhood Community Market and bringing your own bag? Just pick up the token you get for avoiding bag waste, and put it in the little box with our name on it by the front door.
The market will donate 5 cents for every token that makes its way into the Growing a Village/Cultivando un Pueblo box. This will continue throughout the summer, and is an easy way to support our “free for everyone all the time” neighborhood program!
Posted May 20, 2012
Check out some of the early projects that led to our growing a village in the JC neighborhood of Santa Rosa. This lovely article was written by Georgia Pedgrift, after a tour with julie. It can also be found on the city’s website.
View a video of an earlier grassroots community building project, including an interview here.
Where & When: 1899 Mendocino Ave. 1:00-2:30 pm
Julie and friends will be playing music and 10% of music donations will go to Growing a Village. Reservations are suggested if you plan to eat lunch: 544-2491