Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

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

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

2011

Principal Officer

Mark Hershey

Main Address

PO Box 802573

Santa Clarita, CA 91380 USA

Keywords

community, community gardens, gardening, organic gardening

EIN

27-3907533

 Number

8506903085

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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.

Social Media

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Community Outreach Program

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of free registrants to classes

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Community Outreach Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

CGSC keeps a record count on individuals who attend our programs as well as the amount of produce we donate to the underserved community.

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.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/17/2019

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual Orientation
Decline to state
Disability Status
Decline to state

Race & Ethnicity

No data

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity Strategies

Last updated: 11/17/2019

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Data

done
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

done
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.