Bioregional GreenWorks is a permaculture business that GIVES BACK while simultaneously growing a network of change-makers working in cooperation. We co-operate through the permaculture lens of 'People Care + Earth Care + Future Care/Fair Share' assisting individuals, projects, organisations as well as government and private entities around the world move beyond sustainability and into high positive-impact abundance.

GIFT a GARDEN: SoCal


GIFT a GARDEN: SoCal

Increasing Healthy Food Security and Regenerative Water Security while Growing Economic Opptys in SoCal



In some respects, California paves the way toward tremendous opportunity—prosperity, even—for some of its population. And yet, despite economic triumphs and landmarks praised around the world, a staggering 1.5 million(+) residents in Los Angeles county alone live without their basic food needs being met, as food insecurity continues to skyrocket -  [40%] in recent years. Added to this reality is that most of the west coast and especially CA, is now in early-stage desertification as a result of decades of inaction on the parts of local, county, state and federal officials. Southern CA is beyond the mere drought stage. Unfortunately, the most cost-effective solutions yielding some of the quickest results in ending drought are not yet included as the immediate primary large-scale actions of the recently released State of CA Water Strategy initiative.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way; immediate solutions to both food and water security do not require billions of dollars, energy and financially intensive desalination plants and rocket science-level initiatives. They require well organized, local, nature-based, ACTION. This region need not continue to exist in a situation so dire—with your help, the action yearned for can begin implementation sooner rather than later.

Bioregional GreenWorks (BG) has been busy building a team with a multidisciplinary array of individual expertise in order to successfully execute this work and simultaneously build a training program so that the work may continue to grow organically beyond this launch effort. The BG worker-owned cooperative is focused on delivering nature-based solutions via the ethically-based holistic science of permaculture. This ethical science inherently pursues each level of an initiative through a fundamental lens of “Earth Care, People Care, and Future Care. BG will take proactive steps toward interrupting destructive trends that affect both people and the planet, while implementing life-affirming nature-based practices that support the dignity of both.

One initial project to benefit the residents of SoCal is entitled “Gift a Garden”—a multi-benefit initiative with sights set in ready-to-accomplish practical solutions.

The path is laid out by two main objectives:

  1. Increase access to fresh, nutrient-dense (healthy!) food and water security for people across the SoCal region, especially those in immediate need.

Here’s how: By delivering eco-friendly food growing and water security systems (at either a sliding scale fee or at no charge for those in need), along with proper training that ensures continual abundant healthy yields, even the smallest of spaces can become productive and beneficial for Gift a Garden recipients. Water-wise wicking bed gardens, in-ground edible plants and trees that plant ecosystems instead of stand-alone trees, rainwater catchment, slowing and sinking along with other sustainable systems will be added wherever applicable. Designs will be customized to maximize advantage potential for both people and local ecosystems that’s the permaculture way.

 wicking bed gardens

One specific, extremely resourceful component of the Gift a Garden program consists of utilizing repurposed food-grade IBC totes (intermediate bulk containers, approximately 2’x4’x4’ in size) for low-maintenance, robust, water-wise “wicking bed” food garden implementation. Such equipment is often discarded and readily available through business operations such as restaurants and shipping, secondhand.

  1. Establish one or more edible plant nurseries within SoCal.

The grounds for these central growing hubs for the project’s better than organic seeds, seedlings and plants for upcoming projects will be leased or purchased. In order to realistically fulfill the supportable growth Gift a Garden anticipates, a large, reliable supply of healthy bioregional-specific seedlings and seeds is vital.

local nursery 1  local nursery 2

 

     Additional benefits of the initiative include:

We mentioned earlier that Gift a Garden is a multi-benefit initiative. Here are some expected outcomes, direct and indirect, associated with successful execution:

permaculture training

(photo copyright: Geoff Lawton/Discover Permaculture)

  • Paid training and scholarship opportunities for the unemployed, under-employed, and other in-need populations across SoCal.

Training may include water-wise propagation of plants for food, fiber and medicinal purposes, beekeeping, small animal systems, and design + installation of wicking bed gardens and related. This will ultimately help broaden avenues toward gratifying, meaningful work and, ideally, eventual business ownership. The previously incarcerated may also derive value here, as stable reintegration options curb the tendency for recidivism, or habitual relapse into crime.

  • Evapotranspiration and Restoring Local, Small Water Rain Cycles

Adding more plants over time to any one area naturally promotes a cooling effect throughout the surrounding vicinity, reducing the heat island effect in urban regions currently devoid of sufficient vegetation/plant coverage (this is sometimes referred to as “climate landscaping”). In addition, the planting of more ecosystems (including trees and other foliage plants) assists in revitalizing small water rain cycles, a point of interest when examining drought and the progressing desertification across the state of California. Additionally, with measured effort, it is possible to reduce (even eliminate) wildfires by way of this process. 

  • Increase in mental and physical health among recipients and their families.

Access to consistent nutrient-dense foods and more greenery positively impacts the human mind and body. Youth especially will inherit indispensable benefits through lifelong skills and firsthand exposure to empowered lifestyle norms, a cooler environment, healthier soil and food, sustainable water access and cleaner air.

HERE'S HOW TO HELP:

Our initial crowdfunding goal is $150,000. In order to maximize support and not give away 5% (or more) of contributions received to outside platform fees (gofundme, etc), we are manually processing your support. All of your Gift a Garden crowdfunding project backing contributions will go toward project launch and operation expenses, which include but are not limited to:

  • Land leases and purchases
  • Relevant project equipment, supplies,
  • Labor costs

Grateful as we are toward our financial backers and cheerleaders, Bioregional GreenWorks has prepared a list of gifts to give back to the supporters of this project. You may chose to accept or decline the following Thank You gifts:

Gift a Garden Supporter:
$10 Level - Your backing of this initiative is greatly appreciated. Many karma points your way and you will be listed on the dedicated Gift a Garden Supporter Wall on our website. THANK YOU!!

Gift a Garden Seed Starter:
$25 Level - Receive 'Supporter' level perks plus 3 of our upcoming permaculture expert Q+A online sessions to answer your gardening and permaculture questions, no matter where you may reside in the world or your choice of two informational booklet downloads on various permaculture topics from our upcoming library of resources. THANK YOU!

Gift a Garden Grower:
$50 Level - Receive 'Seed Starter' level perks plus a custom Gift a Garden "GROW WITH IT" coffee mug. THANK YOU!

Gift a Garden Change-Maker:
$75 Level - Receive 'Grower' level perks plus your business (or group) will receive name recognition as a sponsor of 4 upcoming permaculture expert Q+A online sessions. Alternatively, you may choose to receive 2 Gift a Garden "GROW WITH IT" coffee mugs. THANK YOU!

Gift a Garden Ra‌in Maker:
$100 Level - Receive 'Seed Starter' level perks plus a Gift a Garden special edition 'Founders' t-shirt. THANK YOU!

Gift a Garden Permaculture Circle:
$150 Level - Receive a Gift a Garden special edition 'Founders' t-shirt plus one night tent stay on a future plant nursery location. Enjoy hiking, exploring, learning whatever we may be doing with the land that day. Alternatively, you may choose to receive a Gift a Garden special edition 'Founders' t-shirt and a "GROW WITH IT" coffee mug or your business (or group) will receive sponsorship recognition on each page of our website for 6 months. THANK YOU!

Gift a Garden Sponsor:
$250 Level - Your business (or group) will receive sponsorship recognition on each page of our website for 1 year. THANK YOU!

(Higher levels of backing are customized and we are also open to mixing up the above menu. Send an email to info@bioregionalgreenworks.com to let us know what you have in mind. Let's create something fruitful and magical!)

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Bioregional GreenWorks is a worker-owned cooperative and benefit corporation striving to serve communities in need. Worker-owned cooperatives tend to have a wider beneficial impact than conventional businesses and often fill community service gaps. This is accomplished while simultaneously raising the living standards of members who many times derive from populations underserviced by the current economic system. Our permaculture focus specifically guides to ensure we are viewing all our efforts through the lens of People Care, Earth Care, and Future Care. Bioregional Greenworks also seeks to expand economic opportunities to populations in-need via our upcoming Gift a Garden and other future training programs.

Your backing of this project is not charity nor is it tax-deductible. Once this initiative becomes operationally self-sufficient, the Gift a Garden project may become its own worker-owned cooperative with members that may include the aforementioned trainees of this project, thereby transitioning said trainees into business owners at the culmination of this journey.

 

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THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

(For individuals, businesses, organizations and other groups who have proposals for other types of Gift a Garden project involvement to submit, please send an email to info@bioregionalgreenworks.com)