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An Open Letter to Santa Cruz from the Gardeners

The gardeners of Beach Flats sometimes may seem invisible. They mostly work long hours for low wages during the week, only seeing each other in the late evening or on weekends.  This week, with their gathering place at risk of closure, they came together to tell their story directly to the people of Santa Cruz. …

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URGENT: Contact City and Seaside Company to Halt Destruction in Beach Flats Garden

A bulldozer rumbled into the Beach Flats Garden early Thursday morning, tearing out mature fruit trees and nopales plants that city staff had earlier promised would not be touched, and damaging an already strained relationship between the City and community. (For more images, see The Day the Bulldozers Came) Parks workers ripped out stakes and …

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Seeds of Change in the Beach Flats Garden

Thank you to everyone who has been a part the Beach Flats Community Garden over the last 23 years. 2015 was a year of struggle, and the the community turned out in great numbers to support the gardeners and the Beach Flats neighborhood in their call for the basic public resources. Gardeners and community members …

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Media Update March 2016

Under Increasing Threat Of Legal Action, Beach Flats Gardeners Sign City Letters – Indybay Pie in Support of Beach Flats Community Garden! – Indybay Beach Flats gardeners reach accord with Santa Cruz by: jessica york – Santa Cruz Sentinel Coast Lines, Feb. 17, 2016: Community gardeners reach accord with Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz Sentinel Hundreds March for Beach Flats Community …

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Delivering The Gardeners Letter

Yesterday, Emilio, Angelina, and Federico Garcia presented the department of Parks & Rec with a letter they devised saying they have faith that the city will continue to work to preserve 100% of the current Beach Flats garden! The gardeners worked very hard to acquire the signature 17 gardeners, and Dannette Shoemaker, head of Parks …

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