"Community Garden Mission Statement"
October 2013 Hudson Community Garden 20th Anniversary Mission Statement Current Leadership/Administrative Structure Current Projects/Future Vision http://hudsonnygarden.tumblr.com firstname.lastname@example.org and find us on Facebook! MISSION The Hudson, NY Community Garden provides its members, the general public and the city of Hudson with a modest but meaningful place to practice and achieve both food justice and urban environmental sustainability. Food justice occurs when food is fresh, nutritious, culturallyappropriate, and. People practicing food justice leads to a strong local food system and regional economy, selfreliant and empowered communities, and a healthy environment. Nurturing green space within an urban environment provides all city residents, as well as migratory birds and beneficial insects important to the entire regional ecosystem, with irreplaceable health benefits and adds to the quality and dignity of everyday life. The Hudson, NY Community Garden, located in Hudson’s 2nd Ward, has for the past 20 years provided: a pedestrian and wheelchairaccessible, economicallyaccessible place to grow affordable, nutritious, fresh organic food, within an urban area where alternatives to obtain such food are not available, and where residents may also lack private transportation and/or sufficient income to purchase food of similar quality at the nearest outlets across town in other neighborhoods (there is no public transportation to the closest produce markets on Fairview Avenue; the Farmer’s Market does not operate yearround). a welcoming and empowering space for families and individuals of all levels of gardening experience to share knowledge and resources, and work, learn and socialize together; the membership served by the garden is a diverse representation of Hudson’s overall population, and the garden also offers events and programs open to both members and the general public on topics such as nutrition, herbal medicine, composting, and the arts. a green space within Hudson’s 2nd Wardof all the wards in Hudson, the 2nd Ward has proportionately the highest concentration of lowincome families, the largest population of children, and the lowest ratio of green space. In addition to the nutritional benefits of food production for members, the entire community’s health and wellbeing benefits from an urban oasis where trees and green plants produce oxygen, provide a home for the migratory birds and beneficial insects upon which our region’s ecosystem depends, and provides natural visual beauty amidst the manmade environment of concrete, brick and metal. The Garden’s 20th Anniversary Season is a Time to Celebrate, Renew, and Grow (Just Like Our Community is Growing) The Garden administration has had many changes over its 20year history, with some ruptures in governance and maintenance due to lack of continuity as volunteers have had other priorities and life changes take their focus away from the garden. Recently, with a small but cohesive, focused and energetic Board that was consistently active consecutively through the 201112 & 201213 seasons, during this period of time the Garden has seen many rapid improvements, including newlydesigned and bettermaintained common spaces and communal beds, overall improved basic structures such as borders, raised beds and mulched paths, as well as a new composting program and organized work parties. The Garden seeks to continue to improve both physical infrastructure and organizational efficiency and continuity, as well as expand its range of programs and services for members and the general public. Towards achieving these ends, the Garden’s Board has recently: articulated and clarified basic administration necessary to sustainably maintain the Garden and its programs, including job responsibilities for titled positions articulated and clarified a number of short and longterm projects that will maintain what has already been achieved as well as further achieve the Garden’s mission and vision secured commitments from key Board members/Administrators to complete their project supervision and job responsibilities, on seasonallyrenewable timeframes determined that obtaining funding for modest stipends for key administrative roles will ensure unprecedented continuity and consistency for leadership and maintenance of the Garden begun to place all administrative documentation in files stored in universallyaccessible Google Drive Leadership and Administrative Roles Each of these key members, in addition to the present and future roles shown below, also serves on the Fundraising/Finance and Steering Committees, and supervises fundraising, donations, resources and volunteers for each project under their individual oversight. Director of the Garden and President of the Board: Vanessa Baehr Chief Land Steward, overseeing all garden projects, committees, staff and volunteers Coordinates Youth Programs & Public Access Chief Administrator and Financial Supervisor Facilities Coordinator Director of Arts/Cultural/Media Programming and Vice President of the Board: Sarah Falkner Administers programs for temporary and permanent installations of art and sustainable technologies Coordinates cultural and general educational events and programs for the public Coordinates media communications, presence and outreach Chief Horticulturist and Director of Horticultural & Botanical Education: Tusha Yakovleva Coordinates horticultural educational programs and reference resource library Coordinates seed saving programs and seed library Coordinates compost programs Current Projects & Future Visions Current Established & Ongoing Projects Compost collection for members and the public Seed and tool library for members Occasional skillshares, plant/seed swaps, potlucks and kids' activities for members and the public Occasional work parties for members Projects for the Immediate Future provisional repair of shed roof to protect tool and seed library during the winter finish mulching paths and repair/construct raised beds establish regular schedules for all phases of garden operations and programs begin raising money, obtaining inkind donations, and connecting to volunteers, resources and participants for new and newlyformalized or expanded structure, projects and programs secure the Garden's location for the long term Projects for the Near Future replace shed roof & paint shed (mural project?) expand tool and seed library build or obtain a greenhouse or hoop house building a coldframe community plot transforming more land into community plots to contribute to our “free produce box” available to all to take from build or obtain structure to house skillshares and administrative materials/functions investigate onsite or nearby toilet facility options secure use of satellite green spaces at other sites to expand gardenable land for the community raise money to provide stipends for materials for arts and technology installations and educational programs