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Urban GreenWorks Inc

“Creating Solutions from Seeds of the Community...for the Community...by the Community”

aka UGW Global   |   Miami Shores, FL   |  http://www.urbangreenworks.org

Mission

The Mission of Urban GreenWorks is to improve, protect, and ensure planetary health, food security, and social responsibility in the communities we serve. We exist to be a major catalyst towards rebuilding the economic, physical, & social health of under-served communities. “Creating Solutions from Seeds of the Community...for the Community...by the Community”

Ruling year info

2023

President/Co-Founder

Roger Horne

Regional Director - Richmond

Jonathan Horne

Main address

54 NE 99th Street

Miami Shores, FL 33138 USA

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EIN

27-3974009

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

F.R.U.I.T. - Food Resilient Urban Initiatives & Training

F.R.U.I.T. is UGW Global's post-pandemic response to food security in the City of Miami and beyond. The goal has always been the creation of a Critical Mass in Miami-Dade County around the local food movement and healthy nutrition. So, in an effort to rethink how we farm in the City of Miami, UGW decided to take on bold partnerships.
We did this in Richmond (the largest food desert per City size in the continental US), Kenya (our partners in Kitui help us to help them as we study the arid climate and look at ways that can help them help us avoid a similar fate), SVG, and here in Miami.
Simply put F.R.U.I.T. is UGW's attempt at redefining modern agriculture (M.A.P.) and to collect base data that can be shared with our partners, globally. This allows UGW to continue our efforts towards collectively working with farmers to gather grow data that can help them find markets, maximize profits, consolidate growing schedules, and reduce food waste by managing production for need not commodity.

Population(s) Served
Farmers
Adults
Children and youth

In most urban centers one finds a direct correlation between wealthy neighborhoods and the quality and density of tree canopy cover: the greater the cover the wealthier the neighborhood. Which means, in a City's poorest neighborhoods there is little or no overhead shade. The streets are hot, and residents are reluctant to walk or bicycle or spend time outdoors.​

"Hammocks in da Hood" addresses two main problems: the growing hot zone in core urban neighborhoods, and the destruction of the region's native plants and wildlife from urban development and the widespread use of exotic plants for landscaping.

We educate local residents in the importance of native ecology, and the ecosystem that their neighborhood consists of. The end result: more canopy cover in core urban neighborhoods, cooler streets, higher recharge rates for urban aquifers, more youth educated in science and natural processes, and the proliferation of plant and animal diversity throughout our cities.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Participatory budgeting is an activity whereby community members meet to discuss the need for funds to address local issues, debate solutions and establish priorities, propose budgets to fund these correctives, and offer formal budgetary plans to city or county officials.

The Community Participatory Budgeting Initiative is a community-based strategy, which means that emphasis is placed on local insights and encouraging community input into the city or county budgeting process. The central charge of this program is to train local persons to engage productively with the city or county to obtain funds to support local projects and, in turn, educate other community members about the participatory budgeting process.

We encourage residents to look at their community from the perspectives of its strengths rather than its needs. We encourage residents to design and build the table they want to sit at rather than be invited to a someone else's table.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Veterans

The UGW GLOBAL Academy is a community outreach program based on engagement, education, and entrepreneurship within the food system, locally, regionally, & globally. The Academy's central mission is to incubate initiatives and projects that not only move us towards a more food secure city, region, planet, but also restore an overall sense of stewardship in ourselves, and to each other & the planet.

Curriculums that focus of the problems faced by today's young people i.e., mental health, educational attainment, financial literacy, social responsibility... Projects that improve the place of the young people, esp. the black male, in today's America, by providing life & professional skill building, educational guidance/leadership, and mentorship, so that we are raising successful, socially conscious leaders of businesses and families.

Projects that reduce not only our carbon footprint but our overall negative impact on our lives, our communities, and the planet.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Young adults
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups

UGW Global designs multi-functional operations within our 360 Urban GreenPrint to address the issue of "food deserts" in disadvantaged communities. and the world in general. Not only is our formula contributing to the food crisis solution, the GreenPrint is also a pathway to creating self-sufficient jobs and entrepreneurship. This includes entry-level entrepreneurship options - making it easy and incentivizing for anyone interested in getting involved in the urban farming industry. It is shovel-ready program, capable of being duplicated in any city, in any region of the world.

The GreenPrint includes but is not limited to UGW's urban farming, composting, microgreens, FMs, CSAs, and "pollinator pathways" projects. It also includes UGW's, newly redesigned, ethnobotanical and plant-based learning center (EPLC), which will include naturopathic doctors, clinical herbalists, nutritionists, farmers, a plant-based POD, and may more.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Adults
Veterans
Farmers

Urban GreenWorks (UGW) uses its year-round 1/3 acre community urban farm in Liberty City, Miami FL as a living classroom for adults and youth to learn about organic farming, soil improvement, and nutrition. Producing and gleaming over 8,000 pounds of produce per year, we are able to run mobile markets & a CSA in addition to supplying 3 local FM & local restaurants. We also have community garden plots at 3 local universities.
In 2022, UGW is partnering with local CBOs, religious organizations, & businesses to reduce food deserts in the City's District 5 neighborhood through the Live Healthful Liberty City! pilot.
Our urban farm sites provide fresh, affordable, and locally grown produce to two community fridges, 1 food bank, and several other food aid groups. As the program grows, UGW & Cerasee Farm will collab with other urban farms and community gardens to source local food, for corner store partners we look forward to reactivating.
The focus is awareness & education.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Veterans
Farmers
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, To understand residents' strengths and how we can help them utilize them for community improvement.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Urban GreenWorks Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/28/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/28/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data