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Save Our Garden

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The Center Street Community Garden (192 E Center St, Pomona, CA) has been “growing food, people, and hope” throughout the Pomona community since the fall of 2009. The City of Pomona has generously allowed the community to grow a .35 acre garden, currently assessed at $350,000.  The garden has fifty-two 4 x 16 foot plots, and rents them to individual plot-holders for $5 a month (water, seeds, tools, and gardening education included). In a city that consists only of 2 acres of green space per 1,000 people, with the recommended rate at 5 times that, the Garden provides needed opportunities for urban farming, play and time in the outdoors, and family-centered programming in an area that is low income with low food access.

Additionally, the Garden is a central piece to the After School and Summer Enrichment Programs of Pomona Hope. Students have weekly workshops in the Garden, learning nutrition and health, seasonal cooking, environmentalism, basic biology, ecology, and so much more.

Undergraduate and graduate students from surrounding colleges also volunteer and conduct research in the garden. Cal Poly, Pomona professor, Teresa K. Lloro-Bidart received funding from the university’s Early Career Summer Support Program ($11,000) for research on her students’ learning in the garden. In addition, Cal Poly Pomona student, Casey Sidwell recently won the $5,000 McNair Scholarship to research the role of community gardens in promoting a sustainable urban environment and to build a butterfly farm and raise gardening beds in the Center Street Garden. Learn more about Sidwell here.

Come visit! The Garden is open to the public the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, and other visiting times can be arranged when a plot owner is in the garden.

THE FUTURE OF THE GARDEN

The Garden was originally leased to the Pomona community by the now-dissolved Redevelopment Agency. California requires that all former redevelopment properties be sold by June, 2018.

At the March 19th, 2018 Pomona City Council meeting, council members approved the sale of the Center Street Community Garden’s property. Although this is not an ideal situation, our community made our voices known and as a result, the city is collaborating with us  to relocate the garden to an area within the Center Street neighborhood!

Our efforts now have shifted towards raising $170,000 to develop the garden in a new location. Let’s make this a reality!

 You can save our garden!

  • Participate in our “Save Our Garden” crowdfunding at saveourgarden.org. If the project is not actualized, donations can be refunded upon request.
  • Donate electronically to Pomona Hope, with “Save the Garden” in the “Comments” section.
  • Send a check to “401 N. Gibbs St, Pomona, CA 91767” with “Save the Garden” in the memo.  You will receive a tax deductible receipt.
  • SHARE THIS INITIATIVE WITH YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILIES, NEIGHBORS, COWORKERS! Center Street Community Garden needs all your help.

Donors/ Sponsors

Magistro Family Foundation
The Pomona Rotary Club

Supporters

UC Riverside’s Ivan Milosavljević, Ph.D.
Cal Poly Pomona’s  Teresa Lloro-Bidart, PhD Liberal Studies Department
University of La Verne’s Jaye Houston, PhD brings student volunteers and interns to the garden
Cal Poly Pomona’s Vickie M. Chan, MS, RD brings student volunteers and interns to the garden
Cal Poly’s Hermanas Unidas brings volunteers for workdays
Institute for Public Strategies, Pomona, CA

Beneficiaries

The congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Pomona
Pomona Hope Students, Families and Neighbors
Pomona Unified School District
Cal Poly Pomona
University of La Verne
University of California – Riverside
Claremont Colleges
Institute for Public Strategies
Inland Valley Urban Agriculture Group