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_40- tit <br />V 4. City Council Memorandum <br />TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL DATE: MAY 18, 2010 <br />FROM: MAYOR RONALD O. LOVERIDGE ITEM NO: 26 <br />COUNCILMEMBER RUSTY BAILEY <br />WARDS: ALL <br />SUBJECT: COMMUNITY GARDENS AND GROWCOLOGY <br />ISSUE: <br />Throughout the country, there is emerging interest in growing more community gardens. We <br />have, in Riverside, an outstanding community garden effort led by Growcology, a non-profit <br />sustainability collaborative. It is possible that the City can lead the nation in community <br />gardening efforts by partnering with Growcology. <br />RECOMMENDATIONS: <br />That City Council refer the Growcology materials and proposal to the City Council's Land Use <br />Committee, for a report back to the City Council on potential partnerships and funding within 60 <br />days. <br />BACKGROUND: <br />The Community Garden effort is a collaborative approach to community building while producing <br />nutritious food and reducing family food budgets. Local Community Garden examples thrive at <br />Emerson Elementary School's Eastside Community Garden, which creates produce for the <br />schools salad bar and residents; the Salvation Army/ UCR Garden, which provides fresh <br />produce for a local food bank and UC Riverside students and neighbors; and at the Community <br />Settlement Association, My Neighbor's Garden trains low-income families in gardening skills <br />and provides produce for families who participate in a health program. <br />The Growcology proposal is titled, "The Riverside Gardening Mosaic: Uniting Sustainability & <br />Social Capital". It consists of three facets: Facet I, The Gardening Exchange; Facet II, The <br />Resourceful Garden; and Facet III, The Sustainable Garden. The proposal deserves careful <br />consideration by the City, specifically how we can help and support their efforts to encourage <br />community gardens in Riverside. <br />Three supporting materials are attached. First is the formal Growcology proposal. The second is <br />a related memo completed in 2009. And the third is a PowerPoint that highlights their major <br />ideas. <br />For additional information on Growcology, we would refer you to their website, <br />www.growcology.com or www.mvqreenriverside.com. <br />26-1 <br />