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Arizona Community Land Trust

Annual Report
 
A special thank you to our members for their support during 2017. Your membership dues and contributions make our work possible! When you look at the numbers, they seem insignificant. Yet when you realize that we operate without paid staff, we are able to accomplish quite a lot with very little money!


Activities

Maricopa County Food System Coalition
The mission of MarCo is to support and grow a food system in Maricopa County that is equitable, healthy, sustainable and thriving. With numerous food deserts in the Valley and 25% of children in AZ who are food insecure, this is important work. Our director, Richard Starling, has been involved since the beginning of the coalition and now serves on the program support committee, policy committee, resource development and membership committee, and is steward of the urban agriculture work group.  Many other AzCLT members are also involved in committees and work groups.


George Lakey Talk & Workshop
George Lakey, author and long time activist for social justice gave an evening talk and half day workshop. His talk focused on new economic models that he writes about in Viking Economics. His workshop focused more on an individual's responsibility for becoming engaged in community action!


Requests for Proposals
Over the course of 2017 we submitted three proposals: two in response to requests from municipalities; and one in response to a private homeowner’s association. Although none of the proposals were accepted, we learned much in the process. Briefly, the three proposals were as follows:

Phoenix: Creating an Urban Farm on a City Park
The City was looking for a demonstration of agriculture, a commercially viable food concessions, and educational opportunities for its citizens. We put together a coalition of many individuals and nonprofit organizations, directing our submission toward providing healthy food to lower income members of our community. 2 acres were to be cultivated, we were looking at creating a buying club food co-op as a means to distribute the food (with the help of the AZ Cooperative Initiative); and we were working with the Mollen Foundation to offer educational programs for children and the Community Gardeners of Maricopa County to offer programs for adults.

Tempe: Creating a Tiny House Community for
Low/Moderate Residents
The proposal we submitted along with several partners included the development of 13 tiny homes, a community center building, community gardens, and garden storage shed all tucked neatly on the 0.7 acre lot that Tempe was offering. Our approach with small houses and community center was intended to encourage the development of relationships and a deeper sense of community. The model of tenure we offered was that of a housing cooperative, which encourages people to work together.

DC Ranch: Management of the Community Garden
DC Ranch is a large, upscale, planned community in North Scottsdale. They have a one-quarter acre community garden where residents could rent a small plot. While we wish to focus our energy on programs that would work with and benefit lower income communities, we saw this as an opportunity to submit a proposal that would change the management of the garden to a collective model; and grow food that could be given to organizations (food banks, soup kitchens) that serve those in need. We believed that a philanthropic motivation would encourage more residents to become involved.


 

Organizational Development

One of our challenges with the above proposals is the young age of our organization. One needs to have a history of successful project development to be considered a serious contender for a project proposal (or grant funding for that matter). So, we are looking for our first project and our first piece of property on which to develop food production and/or affordable housing. Your ideas are welcome. We are also looking to expand our board of directors; and would like to hear from you if you are interested in helping to guide our development. Please contact Richard Starling: 520-604-0334; rstarling29@aol.com.


 
2017 Financial Statement

Income
Membership            $1,710.00
Contributions             2,224.00
Interest                             0.98
Total Income          $3,934.98
 
Expenses
Speakers                 $   200.00
Consultants                  500.00
Space Rental                100.00
Office Supplies              504.80
Travel                              48.86
Phone                            214.35
Filing Fees                       55.00
Bank Fees                       20.75
Total Expenses       $1,633.45

Net                            $2,301.53

 
Balance Sheet

Begin Balance          $2,348.30
Net                              2,301.53
Liabilities                           -0-

End Balance            $4,649.83






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