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South Laguna Community Garden Park

 31610 Coast Highway, Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway
 Laguna Beach, CA 92651
[P] (714) 597-6630
[F] (714) 597-6630
http://www.southlaguna.org/garden
www.charitableventuresoc.org
[email protected]
Anne Olin
FOUNDED: 2007
INCORPORATED: 2007
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Organization DBA South Laguna Community Garden Park is fiscally Sponsored by Charitable Ventures of Orange County
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 20-8756660 --

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

The South Laguna Garden Park inspires community involvement, friendship-building and environmental consciousness. The vision of the Garden Park Project is to bring the joys of gardening and agriculture into the urban environment in a format that provides for mutual learning and community interaction. These benefits are not only for the plot holders, but for visitors, local children, and all members of the community who participate in Garden Park activities.

Mission Statement

The South Laguna Garden Park inspires community involvement, friendship-building and environmental consciousness. The vision of the Garden Park Project is to bring the joys of gardening and agriculture into the urban environment in a format that provides for mutual learning and community interaction. These benefits are not only for the plot holders, but for visitors, local children, and all members of the community who participate in Garden Park activities.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $2,000.00
Projected Revenue $5,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • South Laguna Community Garden Park

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview


Mission Statement

The South Laguna Garden Park inspires community involvement, friendship-building and environmental consciousness. The vision of the Garden Park Project is to bring the joys of gardening and agriculture into the urban environment in a format that provides for mutual learning and community interaction. These benefits are not only for the plot holders, but for visitors, local children, and all members of the community who participate in Garden Park activities.

Background Statement

Founded in 2009, the South Laguna Community Garden Park on the corner of Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway in South Laguna has transformed a weedy vacant lot into a thriving garden. Currently the SLCGP is fiscally sponsored by Charitable Ventures of Orange County, The organization was originally sponsored by the South Laguna Civic Association, and has been supported through a collaboration of many local residents and seeks donations from individuals, supportive organizations and businesses.
 
Volunteers installed, planted and continue to maintain the Garden Park.
The project has been so successful and has been received with such enthusiasm by residents and visitors that it has come to be used for community gatherings and as an informal public park.    Now that the Garden Park has been constructed and planted, we are focusing our efforts on communicating the benefits of the Garden Park to the larger community and raising the funds to purchase a permanent site.

Impact Statement

The Garden Park features fifty-two plots that are the responsibility of individuals and/or families. Here vegetables, flowers and herbs are grown for the plot holders’ use. Organic methods are encouraged.  Produce is donated to a local shelter. Low-income gardeners are subsidized. Surrounding the plots are community-gardened areas that include succulents, native plants, colorful drought-tolerant shrubs, a butterfly garden, and community vegetable planting areas. There is an antique garden shed for tools and displays. All gardeners are responsible for maintaining the garden as a whole.

The garden has received awards from the City of Laguna Beach, the Laguna Beach Beautification Council, the American Society of Landscape Architects-Southern California Chapter and the California Landscape Contractors Association.

Accomplishments: 

 

  • Successfully administered, organized, and presented a beautiful community garden that is used as a public park, all constructed and maintained by volunteers, with donations from the community.
  • Offered free community workshops on gardening and sustainability. 
  • Supported and encouraged two children's garden groups.  Parents and children meet and garden weekly.   Tours for school and youth groups are offered.
  • Provided setting for other groups to hold classes and events, exposing more people to its message and benefits.
  • Held quarterly potluck events open to the community, including music by the Garden Band (donated) and children's activities.
  • Raised $160,000 for garden site acquisition and obtained the support of the Laguna Beach city council for a contribution of $250,000.

 

 Goals:

 

  • Continue and strengthen these programs and efforts.
  • Develop and expand education and community outreach programs, including children and adults art and music programs.
  • Solidify a plan for a permanent garden park site and raise funds to accomplish acquisition

 



Needs Statement

In addition to providing a community garden where seasonal produce can be grown and harvested, we wish to raise the funds to purchase the Garden Park property.  The Garden Property has been on and off the market for years and we committed to raising funds to be able to purchase the Garden Park property when it becomes available.  


CEO Statement

The South Laguna Community Garden Park Advisory Board Statement: While public agencies such as the City of Laguna Beach and the South Coast Water District assisted after the project was underway, it was the community support and dedication, energy, persistence and foresight that brought the Garden Park into being.  Working with enthusiastic volunteers who do everything from digging holes to sophisticated management, we are committed to the Garden Park. The process has instilled a feeling of confidence that a community in a small way can affect its own environment and destiny. The love and care that goes into the Garden Park is felt by all who participate and visit this beautiful spot.

 Benefits experienced from the South Laguna Garden Park and its programs:

Learning how to grow plants—soils, fertilizers, pest issues, planting from seed, weather impacts, which plants to grow in what season—increases the ability to be more self-sustainable and appreciation for our food and the agriculture that produces it.

Growing vegetables changes the diets of families, leading to healthier eating patterns.

Beauty inspires. The Garden Park converted a weedy vacant lot into a thriving and attractive garden. It sends an upbeat message to all who pass by and improves the image of the neighborhood and commercial area.

Leadership emerges as the garden grows. Challenges to the garden project seemed overwhelming at many steps along the way, but they were overcome with persistence, optimism, the development of community linkages, and the growth of confident leadership. A core leadership group of four has grown to fifteen working in five action committees that meet monthly to manage the ongoing Garden Park programs. Other neighborhoods are inquiring about how the Garden Park was created, and leaders share information on expanding the Garden Park concept to other communities.


Board Chair Statement

South Laguna Community Garden Park is the result of exceptional community vision, leadership and persistence. Inspired by a small temporary community garden created by a resident in 2002, the South Laguna Civic Association (SLCA) was determined to establish a permanent community garden. The main challenge was to find a suitable property.  Finally, in 2009 one property owner agreed to allow temporary use of his property for the Garden Park. One by one subsequent challenges were addressed, all by volunteers:

• planning, designing, permitting

• building the garden—shed moving, steps, fencing, gates, water system and planter boxes, weeding, terracing, pruning and planting.

• developing the educational program—public workshops and children’s garden

• reaching out to the community—events; workshops; presentations to groups, councilmembers, city staff and community members; creating brochures, mailers, press releases, website and Facebook page.

• administering the garden—insurance, rules, application forms, garden maintenance, orienting new gardeners.

• fundraising—events, grants, requests for partial city funding.

The biggest challenge now is to fund the acquisition of the Garden Park site. Gardeners, visitors, participants in garden programs, neighbors all appreciate the Garden Park, but funds are needed to purchase the property and “make it a Garden Park for keeps.”

Dedicated board members include:

Morrie and Barbara Granger, retired UCI scientists see the garden as an opportunity for creativity and building community. Morrie negotiated agreements, and keeps the garden “on track.” Barbara organizes social events, initiated the butterfly garden, and is responsible for artistic touches.

Sally Coffey, former garden manager, Golden West College, is in charge of garden administration and interface with the gardeners.

Ann Christoph, landscape architect, designed the garden, supervised the installation, organizes garden events and meetings, handles interface with city, and writes and oversees publications and grants.

Myron Wacholder, retired emergency room physician, advises new gardeners and grows extra produce that is donated to Friendship Shelter. He is in charge of fundraising,

Katie Babcock, communications manager, Environmental Planning and Sustainability Dept., UCI, designed and manages the website.

Carly Sciacca, artist, organizes the children’s garden.

Tony Bisson, photographer and musician, plays guitar and sings at Garden Park events.

Tom Joliet, musician and radio host, coordinates and plays at events, construcs garden features and promotes events.

Gayle Joliet, artist and retired teacher, organizes garden calendar, coordinates speakers for workshops, designs posters, and communicates with donors.

Ruben Flores, horticulturist, advised on construction, donated gates, irrigation equipment, benches, and plants, helped with fundraisers, keeps the enthusiasm going!

Nelson Coates, production designer, designed graphics, décor for fundraisers, sings too.

Mike Ouimette, communications and management executive, advises on strategic approaches.



Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

You may donate online at www.charitableventuresoc.org  https://new.civiconline.org/civic/Donate/DonateCVOC.jsp?Project=280-SLCGPor mail a check payable to: CVOC/SL Garden Park to: Charitable Ventures of Orange County1505 E. 17th Street, Suite 105Santa Ana, CA  92705 

Geographic Area Served

South Orange County
The South Laguna Community Garden Park is visited primarily by residents and visitors to Laguna Beach, Zip Code 92651 but also residents of the cities of Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, and San Clemente. The Garden welcomes visitors; it is open to the general public every day.

Organization Categories

  1. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Agricultural Programs
  2. Environment - Botanical, Horticultural & Landscape Services
  3. Environment - Environmental Beautification

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Programs


South Laguna Community Garden Park

The South Laguna Community Garden Park offers educational workshops throughout the year for adults and children.  Topics include:
Pruning for healthy and beautiful plants; The magic of miniature gardens, Tomatoes 101, Grow food using less waster.  Two ongoing children's workshops include parents and children, meeting weekly, one for pre-school children and one for school-age children. 
Budget  $4,175.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Adults Children Only (5 - 14 years) Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Short-Term Success  Our short term success is instilling community pride and friendship in our town and surrounding areas, and sharing the value of community gardening
Program Long-Term Success  We believe our long-term success will be helping other community groups establish community gardens in their neighborhoods.  We share our experiences and provide advice and help to people and groups in other communities and neighborhoods to help them establish their own community garden.
Program Success Monitored By 
We have a waiting list for our garden plots
 
Our workshops often fill to capacity. 
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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Anne Olin
CEO Term Start --
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

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Affiliations

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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 150
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development No

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? --
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy --
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? --
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Ms. Ann Christoph
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term Nov 2012 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Katie Babcock Communications, Environmental Planning and Sustainability, UCI --
Tony Bisson Photographer, musician NonVoting
Ann Christoph Ann Christoph Landscape Architect Voting
Sally Coffey Retired College Administrator Voting
Ruben Flores Landscape Contractor, Horticulturist Voting
Barbara Granger Retired university laboratory staff, UCI --
Ken Hughes -- --
Mary Ives -- --
Gayle Joliet Retired teacher --
Tom Joliet Retired Teacher, Musician, Radio Host Voting
Mr. Greg O'Loughlin -- --
Mike Ouimette Marketing professional --
Carly Sciacca artist Voting
Myron Wacholder Retired physician --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $5,000.00
Projected Expenses $2,000.00
Form 990s

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2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

Audit Documents

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2016 Audit

2014 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $6,812 $10,060 $7,000
Total Expenses $1,733 $2,111 $2,450

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- $5,000
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $5,390 $10,060 $2,000
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $770 -- --
Revenue In-Kind $652 -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $652 -- $350
Administration Expense $1,081 $2,111 $1,800
Fundraising Expense -- -- $300
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 3.93 4.77 2.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses 38% 0% 14%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 4%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $165,853 $160,749 $154,750
Current Assets $165,853 $160,749 $154,750
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $100,000
Current Liabilities $100,205 $100,180 $100
Total Net Assets $65,648 $60,569 $54,650

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.66 1.60 1,547.50

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 65%
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) 0%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose To acquire the Garden Park property
Campaign Goal $1,200,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2012 - Dec 2019
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $420,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

South Laguna Community Garden Park is fiscally sponsored by Charitable Ventures of Orange County.  The 990s listed belong to Chartable Ventures. Summary financial data is per the financials and consultation with South Laguna Community Garden Park.