Posts Tagged ‘CGOC’

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

Open Letter to the Mayor and Councilmembers in Response to Option 6

Mayor Leppert & Honorable Council Members:

Yesterday’s decision by the Environmental Quality and Transportation Committee to move forward on Option 6 for Community Gardens on vacant property was disappointing but not surprising.

It was clear that the members of the committee were ready to move forward with some kind of plan, but still obvious that this is not the Option everyone was hoping for. Option 6 carries an annual permitting fee of $215 to cover the cost of city staff examining a required site plan and contains provisions against sales and livestock. This is an issue of community, not one to be policed by recommendations made without a single bit of research and presented with photos from other cities.

If Option 6 manages to reach general council and become part of our development code we will lose, as a city, the opportunity to bring our communities together through food production. The inevitable truth is that we are all facing hard times. Our city needs to reexamine our plans for undeveloped vacant lots and an underutilized workforce. These lots are often tucked between two single family homes or near apartment complexes. Having the right to garden or farm these lots without added fees and regulations is the best way to encourage community revitalization, reduce crime and educate our next generation about environmental and social justice issues.

The field of Urban Agriculture including: School, Community and Church Gardens, Urban Farms and Microfarms and Agritourism is experiencing a reawakening. It has been estimated that much of our food travels an average of 1,500 miles from its source to our plates. By reusing vacant spaces to grow food we decrease our energy consumption. The idea of using a vacant lot to grow food is not a new one. In Dallas victory gardens once numbered in the thousands.

As Councilman Kadane pointed out during the briefing, a Community Garden is not for everyone but everyone should have the opportunity to be a part of one. To date there has only been a single instance in our city where neighbors were so divided on this topic and it happened to be in Councilman Kadane’s district. Typically Urban Agricultural spaces grow organically from the surrounding community. Few gardeners want a long commute to garden. Here in Oak Cliff we have some gardeners that come from Highland Park. We welcome them and in turn they take their experiences back to their own communities.

Also during the briefing, Councilwoman Medrano questioned staff as to the amount of gardens in existence within the city. At that point the room got so quiet that I could hear a cricket chirp. Staff did not know the answer. One of the reasons the number of gardens is unknown is because they do not create code complaints. Gardeners and Farmers are hard workers. Piles of dirt and mulch are needed for planting and are mostly used before anyone knows they are even around. Also, trash has no place in a garden. It is quickly cleaned up so as not to attract urban fauna. Nothing is worse for crops than a band of rowdy raccoons attracted by trash.

I invite you to visit our Community Gardens of Oak Cliff. Come and have some homegrown pesto in the garden. We won’t be selling it, but we are more than willing to share. Also, once you taste one of our sun warmed and ripened watermelons the one from the grocery store might not taste the same. If we were allowed chickens and bees, we might even share eggs and honey with you.

We look forward to your response.

Very truly yours,

Mariana Griggs

President, Community Gardens of Oak Cliff

Option 6 passes the TEC

Dallas Morning News reports 3o minutes ago that the latest version of Community Garden regulation called “Option 6” has passed the city’s TEC (Transportation and Environment Committee)  See report here

An official Community Gardens Response to come shortly!

CGOC Board

CGOC Responds to latest Community Garden Regulations

Find attached the new staff recommendation to the city Environmental and Transportation committee. This is option 6 and I STILL think they need to go back to the drawing board. In this option, chickens (and bees) will not be allowed and a permit and site plan will be required. The cost for the permit is $215/year. This is NOT the right option. We should not be charged for growing food. Please make you comments know to the following council members before Tuesday’s meeting:

Also, if you would like to speak at the meeting please include that in your comments.


Community Garden Briefing Today!

This from our city’s Community Garden Coordinator:

Dear Community Gardeners and Supporters,

The official date has been formalized for the next Community Garden briefing to the Council Transportation and Environment Committee.

Please join us on Tuesday, August 10th between 2 and 4 pm.  Public seating is on 6ES.

We hope to achieve a final vote from the Committee on this issue and move forward!  Thanks for all of your support and interest along the way.

Closer to the time, you can view the briefing and agenda at:

In the future, if you have any questions about community gardens, contact the Office of Environmental Quality at 214-670-1200 214-670-1200      or

Best wishes,

Hannah Kolni

Outreach and Community Garden Coordinator

City of Dallas, Office of Environmental Quality


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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