LOVING GARLAND GREEN

Garland, TX   |  www.lovinggarlandgreen.org

Mission

Loving Garland Green is a group of local Garland residents who believe that local people growing edible plants will also grow a robust and secure local economy. Our mission is to increase the number of local people growing some of the food they eat. We support this goal through our continuing efforts to learn and share knowledge together. The enthusiasm of the youth in our community is the fuel driving this transformation to more sustainable and healthy choices.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Ms. Elizabeth Berry

Main address

216 E Kingsbridge Dr

Garland, TX 75040 USA

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EIN

46-4735074

NTEE code info

Citizen Participation (W24)

Recycling (C27)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Urban Gardens for Kids

This program includes developing curriculum for gardening classes at our local public schools. In February of 2015, we successfully developed and launched Urban Gardens for Kids: Let's build a community garden together-- at Beaver Technology Center, a K-5 magnet school here in Garland Texas.

Over the summer of 2015 we have developed Urban Gardens for Kids: Let's build a butterfly garden. This is a year-long course in which students build a butterfly habitat on their school grounds. This course is designed as a botany elective.

We are also adapting this course for high school students as well. Currently we are working with the North Garland Key Club to install two butterfly gardens on their school grounds.

Population(s) Served

A micro-village is a tiny community within a community. Specifically, we would like to build and place four tiny homes (500 square feet each) on one lot and establish common grounds and a community garden to be shared by the residents of these homes

Population(s) Served

Fruit gleaning is the process of collecting fallen fruit from trees in the city that would otherwise go to waste. Many large metropolitan areas such as Toronto have organized citizens into these kinds of groups and have successful programs like this in place for several years. Members of these groups collect thousands of pounds of fruit each year. They sell this fruit to residents and distribute much of it to local food banks.

This project is still in the formative stages. We are hoping to work with the Mayor's office to establish this proposed urban agricultural program for Garland.

There are some good models of these systems already in place in the USA and Canada. We can build on these established programs and adapt them to meet the specific needs of our own community. These programs all have common elements:

1. Location and Maps for Fallen Fruit - The core volunteer group locates places in the city where volunteers can gather the fruit (with permission from the owners) and creates maps with information regarding these sites (what type of trees, names of owners, etc.). Various contracts are worked out with the owners of the fruit trees. Some may not care to keep any of the fruit. Others may want take a portion of the harvest for themselves. Some trees may be located on abandoned property, or even property that is owned by the city.

2. Designation of a Distribution Center - This is the place where the gatherers bring the fruit for sorting, weighing and distributing.

We would partner with some of the youth groups in our city to make this program a success.

Our primary challenge will be to secure a building to use as a distribution center. This also determines the size of the budget.

Population(s) Served

Makerspaces are part of Loving Garland Green’s overall mission that supports sustainable living. Makerspaces, like Loving Garland Green, are based on permaculture principles. Makerspaces provide our youth a great platform for launching their dreams.

Members of Loving Garland Green plan to organize a group of local residents and other local nonprofits in the fall of 2016 for the purpose of creating a Garland Makerspace.
A Makerspace is many things. It is a place where art and creativity meet and blend with science. It is a place where the American local economy is being rebuilt one creative entrepreneur at a time. It is a place for dreamers and builders of all ages. It is a place for families and singles. People interested in Makerspaces represent a melting pot range of ages, colors and cultures. It is a place where bridges are constructed from the past to the future. It is an exciting blend of ancient technologies such as blacksmithing, somewhat old radio technologies like Ham radio and the latest modern technologies like 3-D printing. It is a place where those who have certain skills teach them to others.
Makerspaces bring people and tools together under the same roof. Many of the tools available in a makerspace would not be available to the individual because of their cost.

Six members of the Dallas Makerspace have successfully secured funds for their various projects from Kickstarter, an online funding site. The total amount of money they have raised as individuals exceeds $50,000.

Population(s) Served

Because we can't always be down at the garden to provide visitors information, we need the funds to purchase small sign holders for information packets and signs

Population(s) Served

This fall Loving Garland Green hopes to secure $5,000 for the installation of gutters and a 3,000-gallon reservoir. We have already secured a bid from a local contractor for the installation of the gutters. These gutters will be installed on the shed that is located at the garden.

The estimated roof size of the shed is approximately 1,500 square feet. The potential rainwater collection from a roof this size, given the annual rainfall of Garland, is about 30,000 gallons a year. It is expected that we would add a larger reservoir in the next few years to take full advantage of the rainfall yield which has the potential to supply a little more than half of our annual water needs. Combined with our annual rainfall, and the seasonal variance in need for water, we could likely only need these two sources if we had the capacity for storage.

Vegetable gardens usually need about 1 inch of water (630 gallons per 1,000 square feet) per week in the form of rain or irrigation during the growing season. Of course, certain variables can apply: in extreme heat more water is needed; new transplants require additional water, etc. Since we have about 3,500 square feet of garden to water, this means we need approximately 2,205 gallons a week during the growing season.

Population(s) Served

We are hoping to partner with students from Kurt Ortley's sustainable living class at North Garland High School to assist this group in building a tiny home at the school facility.

This would be the first step toward creating a micro-village in Garland--however that particular project and its success is dependent on obtaining significant funding and also in overcoming some coding hurdles as well.

At the least, we could feature this completed tiny home as a place for the public to tour. Perhaps we could turn this into a fund raiser for other sustainable living projects at the school.

If is not feasible to locate the home on a lot here in Garland, perhaps it can be auctioned off at a public auction and the proceeds donated to the Sustainable Living Class at North Garland High School. If they are not eligible to accept such donations, then Loving Garland Green would accept the funds and set them aside for future projects with this group--providing of course such actions are legal.

Population(s) Served

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LOVING GARLAND GREEN

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elizabeth Berry

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Term: Jan 2014 - Jan 2016

Jane Stroud Secretary of the Board

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Chris Savage Vice President of the Board

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Anita Opel Treasurer

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Charles Bevilacqua Member of the Board

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Robert Opel Member of the Board

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Margie Rodgers Member of the Board

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