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El Jardin Alegre Local Living Center and Gardens



With all volunteer participation (using our own time, creativity and love), a group of El Jardin Alegre' gardeners the Sustainable Food Center and friends and neighbors managed to:

- organize a team of gardeners and other people from the community to work on creating a vision for a place to gather around local food and community needs and services

- held fundraisers including a Fiesta and Resource Fair to keep the El Jardin Algre garden space available to gardeners through the season while the new Festival Beach garden was being developed

- develop a relationship with the owners of the land where El Jardin Alegre is located and the warehouse next door, and gathered information about options for leasing or purchasing the land

- recruited volunteers with skills needed to develop a business plan
- reach out to key stakeholders in the community

- organize a fiesta in December that was lots of fun and helped all of us get to know each other and the neighbors of El Jardin better. On idea boards , we received lots of ideas from neighbors about what they would like to have as part of the garden and a local living center

- held an Open House during the Farm to Farm Bike Tour where we received more ideas from the community

- connected with individuals and networks for potential collaboration and funding sources.