On October 8th, CDF’s Urban Ag class met at the Clarkston Community Center. Click here to read about what the class entails. Below are some of the pictures from the class. Thank you to a great class and we are looking forward to next month!
The Clarkston Development Foundation was proud to host the Parents as Teachers National Center Three years to Kindergarten Training on September 21 and 22.Coming from across the state, from Cobb, Coweta, Dekalb, and Habersham counties, 25 parent educators participated in the event held in Clarkston. The national training event was provided space at The Clarkston First Baptist Church Family Life Center on Church Street. Participants were treated to a wonderful Mediterranean meal from BARAKA SHAWARMA
Two of CDF’s parent educators attended the training and are now certified to provide Parents as Teachers to families with children ages three to kindergarten. The training re-enforced the PAT principles one of which is that parents are their children’s first teachers. It provided parent educators with theory as well as hands-on activities to help parents support their child’s growth and learning. Topics included child development, preparing for transitions from home to early learning and school, parent leadership, and more.
Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who came out to help on September 10th at the Clarkston Community Center. The plants that were planted are a part of a longer term plan for a Food Forest around the Clarkston Community Center field.
Please continue to stay tuned about other urban agriculture developments from the Clarkston Development Foundation.
Clarkston Development Fondation is excited to announce a DIY Perennial Agriculture Course starting October 8th. This course will be eight sessions, covering process to practice. We are partnering with the Clarkston Community Center as the venue for this course that seeks to begin to empower the participants to start the process of turning their yards into an perennially edible landscape.
We’ll begin by thinking about design, different elements you may need in your yard. We’ll then focus on water issues and how to capture rainwater in the ground on your property so your yard is more resilient all year round, as well as in cisterns for supplemental irrigation storage. Next we’ll talk about soil fertility and compost, and no-nonsense ways to increase soil fertility. Finally, we’ll talk about trees and plants, which ones to use, where, and how to think about planting them.
Half of the course will consist of class time work and the other half of the class will be actually working on the Clarkston Community Center’s grounds to gain the practical experience of what is being discussed in the classroom.
Class Times: Saturdays, 7:30am-5pm
Class Dates: Oct. 8th, Nov. 5th, Dec. 3rd, Jan. 7th, Feb. 4th, Mar. 3rd, Apr. 7th, and May 5th.
Location: Clarkston Community Center
Cost: $400 for all 8 classes; $75 per class (subject to availability)
*Scholarships available for Clarkston Residents
For more information and to download a flyer, click here DIY Perennial Agriculture Course.
Spaces are limited. Please apply soon by emailing inquiries to: ediblecourse@ClarkstonDevelopmentFoundation.org
For Hands on Atlanta day on September 10th from 8:30-1pm, Clarkston Development Foundation will be coordinating Phase 2 of an Installation at the Clarkston Community Center Urban Orchard. This is a collaboration between the Clarkston Community Center and Hands on Atlanta to build upon the work begun in April 30th, 2011 with the Comcast Cares day.
The goal of the Urban Orchard at the Clarkston Community Center is to jump-start an ecology of low-maintenance, food and medicine-producing, perennial plants. The first phase was to establish passive irrigation and to get the main elements, the trees, in the ground. The next phase of this is to expand from a controlled edge, the trees and the swales, and implement more diversity of shrubs and perennial plants. These plants will have various functions:
• To produce food and medicine
• To establish plants that will increase fertility around the swales and trees
• To break up compact soil
• To produce biomass-both above ground and below ground with roots
• Plants that fix nitrogen
• Plants that act as a nutrient net in the swales to reduce nutrient runoff
• To establish nectaries that will attract and feed a vibrant insect life on the land
• To establish plants that will increase biodiversity on the land
• To establish an understory that will compete with the existing understory, grass
• More flowers because flowers are beautiful
We are recommending a number of plants to be planted on the swales and on the weeded mulch beds surrounding each plant. If we have the energy, it would be beneficial to increase the size of each mulch bed around each tree. It is important to establish these plants as soon after the hot summer as possible so they have the entire autumn, winter and spring to establish roots.
We are excited to be continuing this work and it is possible because of our great community volunteers and community partners. Come on out on September 10 and join us or check back here to see some of the pictures.
On July 29 and 30, 2011, three of CDF’s staff participated in the first Kingian Nonviolent Training event held at the Clarkston Community Center.
Over the course of the two days, a group of over 50 people received some foundational training on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s methodology of nonviolent conflict reconciliation. The Clarkston Community Center invited distinguished community, law enforcement, and government leaders to receive the Introductory Two-Day Training, in hopes that participants of the training will then teach the Kingian Nonviolence principles and strategies to Clarkston Community youth and residents.
The training was led by civil rights activist, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Emory’s Candler School of Theology, Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. and Senior Nonviolence Trainer Charles Alphin Sr as well as other members of the training team of Lafayette and Associates.
Dr. Lafayette established Lafayette and Associates to teach the foundations of nonviolence. In addition to his work with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement, Dr. Lafayette has served as Director of Peace and Justice in Latin America; Chairperson of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development; Director of the PUSH Excel Institute; and minister of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tuskegee, Alabama.
The two day event was filled with excitement and energy around exploring how each of the attendees can be a part of the broader nonviolent movement and help facilitate this nonviolent approach in the Clarkston community more specifically. We look forward to learning of additional next steps to capitalize on the energy present in this two day event.
As promised, we are getting this information to you within about a week of our meeting on June 15. At the two meetings, I outlined the four major initiatives that our foundation has been developing with your support and the support of many others in and outside our community.
These four initiatives are:
CDF is currently working on early education in Clarkston through the Parents As Teachers program.
In the long-term, we have an interest in supporting the educational development opportunities in Clarkston, pre-k through high school and Adult Education opportunities.
CDF has a goal to see additional health services in Clarkston as needed.
In the long-term, we are interested in the overall wellness in the community and the integration of services already offered.
CDF is connecting our PAT families to support services they need and working to broaden their community engagement opportunities.
In the long-term, we hope to join with others already working to build community among the diverse groups in Clarkston to develop a network to support initiatives such as improvements in housing, retail, and infrastructure.
CDF is currently working to increase the access to and availability of local sources of perennial food production.
In the long-term, we hope to see people in the community involved in the production of healthy and local foods and value added products, on a non-commercial level.
During small-group discussions at our two meetings, participants developed over 400 ideas (!) in six strategic areas. Four of the areas related directly to the current four CDF initiatives, and there are two other areas as well, for a total of six areas. The attached document is our synthesis of these ideas into the six areas or “themes.” For each theme, in addition to the ideas and dreams for the future, we have indicated some principles that might guide our work and some key questions about how we could move forward.
We at CDF will continue to work on the above-mentioned four initiatives which were supported in the conversations you had on June 1 and 15. At the meetings, we also asked you to sign up for participation in strategic planning or action groups in one or two of the four initiatives. I will be contacting individuals in each of the strategic groups so that we can meet at a convenient time for most members of the groups. If you were not able to be there but would like to be involved in either a Strategy Group or an Action Group in one of the initiative areas, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and to join us.
To help you know which group you might be interested in joining, here is an example of what we mean by Strategy and Action.
|Strategy Group – looking into the possibilities for urban agriculture in Clarkston. ie, sites for edible landscapes, passive rainwater harvesting, areas where food producing plants might grow, etc|
|Action Group – ready to help plant fruit or nut trees, berry bushes or other perennial fruit or vegetables.|
We want you to know that we count on you and on others who will join us along the way to further the good work already being accomplished in Clarkston by you and many others.
Clarkston Development Foundation
At World Refugee Day at the Clarkston Community Center, CDF launched a plant recognition project with the aim of assembling an experiential list of edible plants according to country of origin. We are gathering information on residents of Clarkstons’ knowledge and experience of perennial, food producing plants in both this country and in other countries.
We are trying to find ways to engage people, as well as learn from them at the same time. With that in mind, we will continue to find ways of learning about the plants they already know so that as we embark on the work of planting around Clarkston, we will have a better sense of the plants people know so they will be more likely to use them. At the same time, there may be plants on the list that people are not aware of and it may help them to think about other options for growing food in this area of the country.
We will continue to find ways of sharing this project and we are currently exploring additional ways to get community input. We hope to be able to share additional ideas here in a few months.
On June 1 and June 15 at the Clarkston Community Center, Clarkston Development Foundation gave a brief update about their current work in the Clarkston community and led each group in a visioning process that encouraged both residents and other people invested in the Clarkston community to share some of their hopes and dreams with each other.
Out of these initial meetings of about 100 people, 4 strategy and action groups will be formed for continued conversation and collaboration:
The work of these groups will shape and inform the work of Clarkston Development Foundation in all the 4 initiative areas but will also serve as a place for focused conversation on other work in the Clarkston community as well.
CDF will plan to host two update meetings twice a year, one in January and the other in June.
If you would like to join us at the next community update meeting or to join us at another community conversation, please contact us and let us know by emailing us at email@example.com .
Clarkston Development Foundation is excited to announce that June 10 & 13, 2011 marks the beginning of the camp mentioned below and made possible by the collaboration of the following organizations:
Joint Summer Program 2011: Leadership and community-development camp
In summer 2011, the Global Village School, Clarkston Development Foundation, and Clarkston Community Center will hold a landmark program through which a diverse group of future leaders will work together toward the continuing development of their community. Participants will include young refugee and African-American women, whom the program will empower through student-focused and -driven educational methods popularized by Paulo Freire and others. This approach provides learning directly relevant to participants’ lives, resulting in personal investment in both process and outcomes. Among others, Doris Littrell, a nationally recognized expert on community development, will facilitate participants’ acquisition of knowledge and skills to conduct asset inventories and resource mapping, as well as strategies for transforming the community’s — and their own — visions into sustainable plans for the future.
For four weeks during the summer school break, participants will find real-world applications for English, mathematics, and other subjects. Very important to all students during the summer months, this academic reinforcement is especially significant for refugees, who will have regular opportunities outside their homes to use English, which is rarely the primary (or even the secondary) spoken language at home. The Americans will have a unique chance to collaborate in a cross-cultural environment, building bridges across ethnic divides that can inhibit civic action in this community once called “the most diverse square mile in America.” Moreover, all participants will hone teamwork skills and cultivate their own leadership abilities. Through this work, the participants’ own personal stakes in Clarkston will grow, building up the next generation of interested, invested, and involved citizens.
Clarkston Community Center
3701 College Avenue
Clarkston, GA 30021
July 5-29 (four days per week)
(with initial orientation by Doris Littrell June 9-14)
Daily Schedule (tentative)
8:30 a.m. Arrival at Clarkston Community Center
9:00 a.m. Morning block 1 (group-building and leadership)
10:15 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Morning block 2 (community-development techniques)
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Dismissal
(Afternoon academics for Global Village School students until mid-afternoon)
These sessions will provide academic reinforcement for refugee students, who are highly susceptible to learning loss during the long summer break due to unique socio-familial and linguistic factors.
Doris Littrell, nationally recognized expert on community development
Mathew George, English teacher, Global Village School
Sumaya Karimi, Family Advocate, Clarkston Development Foundation
Many initiatives of the Global Village School, Clarkston Development Foundation, and Clarkston Community Center depend on the expertise and generosity of volunteers — and our joint summer program will be no exception. Volunteers will help lead training sessions, provide one-on-one and group academic tutoring, and support program logistics. If you are interested in helping with this innovative program, please see contact information below. (Hours are flexible within the program’s dates and times described above.)