COMMUNITY GARDENS OF SANTA CLARITA

Promoting the benefits of locally grown, organic food that is environmentally friendly, sustainable, and cost effective and which delivers economic, health and educational benefits .

Santa Clarita, CA   |  www.communitygardensofsantaclarita.org

Mission

The Community Gardens of Santa Clarita is a non-profit organization. Our mission is to create a community facility where individuals can come together to promote the benefits of locally grown, organic food that is environmentally friendly, sustainable, and cost effective and which delivers economic, health and educational benefits to a wide array of valley residents!

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Mark Hershey

Main address

PO Box 802573

Santa Clarita, CA 91380 USA

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EIN

27-3907533

NTEE code info

Garden Club, Horticultural Programs (C42)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2010, the Community Gardens of Santa Clarita was started by the efforts of the Garden Club of Santa Clarita to address the need of residents who wanted to grow healthy organic produce at a reasonable cost as well as address the food insecurity with in Santa Clarita Valley.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Community Outreach Program

The Community Gardens of Santa Clarita continually strives to make a difference not only within our garden but also within our “community”. Our “outreach” plots are managed by a committee of dedicated gardeners within our garden as well as gardeners from the Santa Clarita Valley Gardening Club.

Currently, we donate fresh fruits and vegetables to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. This outreach project provides food to those in need and enables us to help others within the Santa Clarita Valley.

Any member within the Community Gardens is welcome to donate their excess harvest. Please email the gardens regarding donating your vegetables or fruits.

For more information or to help with the collection of donations, please sign up for Outreach Committee.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Outreach Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In 2010, the Community Gardens of Santa Clarita was started by the efforts of the Garden Club of Santa Clarita with the support of the City of Santa Clarita. Over the past nine years the gardens have grown from 80 garden plots to 131 garden plots, 5 universal access boxes, two native butterfly gardens, two California native gardens, an orchard, an herb garden, a large composting area, a children’s garden, a garden shed, a greenhouse, an off the grid solar powered system, a free library stand, a chicken coop, our friends of the garden arbor benches, and our pergola seating area. We have increased our community programs including adult and children garden education workshops and classes.

CGSC was started to offer community members a place to grow healthy organic produce, learn about the benefits of a healthy organic diet, as well as be able to provide healthy organic produce to the underserved community.

The Community Gardens of Santa Clarita continually strives to make a difference not only within our garden but also within our “community”. Our “outreach” plots are managed by a committee of dedicated gardeners within our garden as well as gardeners from the Santa Clarita Valley Gardening Club.

Currently, we donate fresh fruits and vegetables to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. This outreach project provides food to those in need and enables us to help others within the Santa Clarita Valley.

CGSC has a strong community with over 70 volunteers who help to run and maintain the gardens. This strong community has allowed the community garden to address the environmental and social issues of the Santa Clarita Valley.

We have accomplished a lot in the past nine years and we hope to move forward by being more sustainably aware of the environmental needs of our community.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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COMMUNITY GARDENS OF SANTA CLARITA

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mark Hershey


Board co-chair

Sandy Stevens

Kathy Phillips

Shelly Hammond

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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 11/17/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Sexual orientation
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Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/17/2019

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.