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Sold over $300 in CGOC tee shirts at Oak Cliff Earth Day

New CGOC logo tee-shirtAt the annual Oak Cliff Earth Day, the Community Gardens of Oak Cliff raised over $300 in tee shirt sales!  Thank you’s go out to Jenni Stolarski and Jennifer Pickert for helping to purchase the tee shirts.  This is an ongoing fundraiser to support local community gardens and future gardens in Oak Cliff.

If you’re interested in purchasing a tee shirt, you can find them at Repotted on Davis or fill out the form below to pre-order one. The tees are made out of recycle brown beer bottles and recycle cotton.  They are super soft and feature the very unique CGOC logo depicting the elements that make our gardens grow!  See a photo below:

All tee-shirts are $17 a piece, $10 covers the cost of the shirt and $7 goes to the organization.

If you want to order more than one size, submit a separate order for each size.  Thanks!


Open meeting to discuss CGOC future, January 23rd, 1pm @ Repotted

The Community Gardens of Oak Cliff will be hosting a general meeting January 23rd @ 1pm at Repotted Garden Solutions on West Davis St.

We’re looking for all interested parties to help craft a new board that will be charged for determining the future direction of CGOC.  If you’re interested in attending, please rsvp to

Great weather in store for Great Bicycle Ride!

The weather is looking perfect for the upcoming “Spring Has Sprung Garden Ride”, this Sunday May 23rd starting promptly at 1:00pm in the Bishop Arts District!

Excitement is building for the best Bike Friendly Oak Cliff ride this  year, and our community gardens are ready to possibly greet over 200 people  expected to attend.  There will be so much to see from home grown veggies to bees-scapes on this ride, so put on your suntan lotion, grease up your bike chain and crank it!

Here is the schedule in route order (all stop times are approximate):

12:45pm Rider’s congregate in Bishop Arts at the intersection of 8th and Bishop Ave
1:00pm Ride begins
1:15pm Arrive first stop:  Community Garden of Cliff Temple
1:35pm Depart first stop
1:50pm Arrive second stop:  Methodist Hospital System Garden
2:30pm Depart second stop
2:50pm Arrive third stop:  St. Cecilia’s Community Garden
3:10pm Depart third stop
3:20pm Arrive fourth stop:  Jefferson Median Project
3:40pm Depart fourth stop
3:50pm Arrive fifth stop:  Urban Acres Farm Store
4:10pm Depart fifth stop
4:20pm Arrive sixth and final stop:  Eno’s Pizzeria

The Spring Has Sprung Ride

The folks at Bike Friendly Oak Cliff are heading up a tour of our community gardens in north Oak Cliff, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!  Here are the gardens, projects, and other locations we will be going to, as well as the event schedule.  This is a family event, so bring your kids.  The route is approximately 7 miles long, so if the little one’s can’t ride the entire way, please accommodate.

Tours, refreshments, and educational presentations about composting, bees and other interesting activities will be provided at some of the garden stops!

To rsvp via Facebook, click here!

Fix up your ride at Oak Cliff Bicycle Company for this great event

Here is the final route!

Ride Date:  Sunday, May 23, 2010

Start Location:  Eno’s Pizza Tavern, Bishop Arts District

Start Time:  1:00 pm (times are approximations based on amount of time at each stop and travel time)

  1. Community Garden of Cliff Temple 1:15pm
  2. Methodist Hospital System Garden:  1:50pm
  3. St. Cecilia’s Community Garden 2:50pm
  4. Jefferson Median Project 3:20pm
  5. Urban Acres Farm Store 3:50pm
  6. Eno’s Pizza Tavern 4:30pm

Many thanks go to all of the gardens and volunteers involved who will make this ride the best of BFOC’s yearly rides!

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“The Garden” A true story of sustainability, healing and destruction

When I worked for the North Texas Food Bank, I had the privilege of visiting the Los Angelos Food Bank in 2005.  I was there to gather information about a project to help the Food Bank improve a government food distribution program with the use of some new technology that Los Angelos had developed.

This was my first trip to LA and in particular south central LA, one of the poorest and economically deprived ares in the city.  When I drove my rental car down, and past industrial warehouse after warehouse, I couldn’t believe that so much concrete had been poured in one area of this world!  Upon arriving at the Food Bank, I parked next to what I saw was a huge block of green.  The chain link fence at it’s border was completely filled in with green, not allowing so much as a little peek inside this wondrous, cavernous expanse of green space! About as big an area as the AAC and the surrounding Victory developments.  It was such an odd and perplexing contrast of shapes and colors.  At the time, I’d never heard of or really seen a community garden before that moment.

The rest of my trip was dedicated to my purpose, but in the back of my mind I kept thinking about that place. Seeing the 25 ft tall palms and banana trees hovering over the outer fences made me feel like it was a good place among a sea of nothing.  I’m not sure why but that image stuck with me until I learned about happened to that community garden.  Then, 14 acres of the largest and arguably the most beneficial and productive community garden in our countries history.  I say that because I can’t imagine one that exists now to rival it.

The Magnolia is showing a documentary about “The Garden” on Wednesday.  The following is the trailer for the documentary:

Wednesday, April 21
The Magnolia (West Village)
3699 McKinney Avenue, Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75204

The Garden

The 14 acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles was the largest of it’s kind in the United States. It was started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992. Since that time, the South Central Farmers have created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community. But now bulldozers threaten their oasis. The Garden is an unflinching look at the struggle between these urban farmers and the City of Los Angeles and a powerful developer who want to evict them and build warehouses. (2008)

The following video is what happened:

Newest Community Garden Ground Breaking this Saturday

The Community Garden at Cliff Temple will break ground this Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 9am.  Anyone interested in helping is invited! The garden is located on the Cliff Temple Baptist Church grounds on the corner of 9th and Zang.  Big plans are in store for this site that include plots for church members, plots to serve eligible neighborhood families in need, a possible pavilion and sitting area, and much more!

This marks an exciting new project for Cliff Temple Baptist Church located at 125 Sunset Avenue, Dallas, TX 75208-4597.  It is one of the oldest churches in Oak Cliff, let alone Dallas, and is CGOC’s newest partner in developing a community garden network throughout Oak Cliff.  We look forward to watching them grown and nurture tiny seedlings into budding plantings for generations to come.

If you’re interested in helping, please contact Wes Keyes, Minister of Missions at (o)214-942-8601 ext. 315

“No Impact Man” documentary to play at the Texas Theatre for Earth Day

On April 24th @ 7pm there will be a Free Event in honor of Earth Day. Join us at The Texas Theatre for a community screening of “NO IMPACT MAN”, a documentary (and official Sundance selection!!!), is about the journey of Colin Beavan and his little family – wife, Michelle and two year old daughter Isabella.  Colin starts the year out as someone who wants to make a difference in some way but doesn’t know where to begin.  He learns as he goes.  He doesn’t do it all at the same time and he doesn’t do it all perfectly.  He makes mistakes, just as we do, but he genuinely wants to make a change that will make a difference.  So do I.  The audience learns and laughs with him. Free Parking behind Theatre off of Sunset.

EVENT SPONSORS:  Eno’s Tavern, Urban Acres, Spiral Diner, MAKE, Green Pet, Bolsa, Smoke, Oak Cliff Bicycle Company, Paper Nerds, Eric Cowan, Good Space, Qualigraphics and New Purpose Urban Farms.