Botanical Community Development Initiatives' (BCDI), 501(c)3 non-profit, mission is to improve lives by connect plants, people, and community. We seek to help people of all backgrounds nurture their relationship to plants in a variety of ways; thereby strengthening them as individuals which in turn strengthens communities. We have seen the transformative power that these connections can make as plants play a fundamental role in all communities. We need your help to continue this work!
From a grassroots beginning, founded a year and a half ago, we have grown and made incredible impacts in 2019. Here are a just few:
- Produced over 25,000 lbs of ethically-grown fruits and vegetables on our 1-acre urban farm, Community Roots Farm located in eastern Oceanside. This farm is 100% volunteer-run by members of the community. The majority of this produce was served in meals for low-income children attending state-funded preschools in San Diego County.
- Trained 80 teachers from state-funded preschools on how to incorporate school gardens into their everyday curriculum with the children to promote the development of healthy habits as well as teach a love for the natural world.
- Designed and installed The Friendly Community Garden with community partners in an underserved neighborhood in Oceanside. We continue to provide support for this garden.
- Hired an Executive Director, Bianca Bonilla, and an Administrative Assistant, Tammy Bowser.
- Organized the California portion of the bi-national Border Bioblitz, documenting the flora and fauna of the borderlands from the Pacific to the deserts of the Imperial County. We will be coordinating the Bioblitz again next year in March!
- Partnered with Oceanside restaurants the Wrench and Rodent and the Whet Noodle to divert food waste from the landfills by composting food scraps at Community Roots Farm.
- After school programs for underserved youth in our community through hands-on experiences that teach farming real food sustainably, learning horticultural techniques, exploring the botanical sciences, as well as creating and building using power tools, kitchen tools, and paintbrushes. Not only are they gaining real skills, they are also engaging in their community, gaining access to mentors in different fields, and nurturing a relationship with the natural world.
As you can see, its been a busy year! And that is only a snapshot! If you have been a part of any of our potlucks, community events, or volunteer days, you have felt the energy and the impact we can have together in our community through and with plants. Through connections to the land and by working with plants, we cultivate relationships with neighbors and lift up our community together. We need your support to continue to do this important work in our communities.
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