Category Archives: City Of Our Dreams

Asset based community development. Connect, contribute and collaborate on creating the neighborhood of our dreams.

Riverside Schools’ Farmers Market Model For U.S.

Federal officials want to copy Riverside school’s

Farmers Market Salad Bar

In another bright spot of best practices of what works, Emerson Elementary/Eastside Community Garden salad bar program has set off a wave  of interest in our food supply, food quality and nutrition.

They’re acting local and impacting global if recent attention from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s interest is any indication.

This is what playing the “Is It Healthy?” Game looks like when you’re on the streets in your neighborhood,  in the classroom, or on your knees in in the dirt celebrating the irrepressible abundance of nature and joy from life and relationships.

Perris Valley Line Environmental Imact Report Released

Nothing new here.  It remains up to the neighbors to specify what mitigation is  wanted and needed if this project is going to have any positive impact at all.

We’ve all seen that it’s possible for a freight train to block two if not three crossing points at the same time. That would effectively cut a majority of our neighborhood off from emergency services.

It seems to me that this is what an EIR is supposed to address. We can all foresee the possibility of such an occurrence – an earthquake, rail spill, yet there is no proposed mitigation specifically addressing this very real, very foreseeable impact to public health and safety.

Grade separations are a major public infrastructure investment throughout Riverside. Magnolia Avenue is about to begin construction in a few short weeks.

There is no reason not to consider a grade separation as way to mitigate the impact.  It moves the City closer to safer, more efficient traffic flows and puts us one step closer to building out the necessary grade separations already called for by the City.

Since this project involves federal money, we all have a vested interest in forcing a serious look at the reasons for not considering the Highgrove station. This option gives every potential rail rider new options for travel by combining the site with an already operational Metrolink to San Bernardino and LA.

The reason given for not considering this option was the added exhaust pollution generated from having to back up. That’s supposed to be dangerous enough to nix the option? Aren’t they going to back up at the end of the line in Perris? This flimsy reason doesn’t meet the test that an EIR is designed for.

The money to pay for this option is never going to be cheaper. We can all foresee a much more robust, convenient, popular, rider friendly network of rail travel options.  The time to take small steps is right now before gas supplies or prices become overly erratic. This is something we can add at little extra cost and it gives us so much in future options.

If you want to make this work, to improve safety and access throughout the neighborhood, get educated and get involved.

Don’t forget to make your comments for the record. There’s a public meeting Wed., April 14th.

Sustainable UCR Celebrates Earth Day And Community Garden Milestone

Neighborhood invited to celebrate with Sustainable UCR at a low-key, acoustic concert to culminate our Earth Week events. The acoustic concert will be on Friday, April 23, from 5-8 PM at our community garden, called “The Growve” off of Watkins Drive.

The concert is called “Groove at the Growve” and there will be no amplified sound. Anyone from the neighborhood is welcome to attend, and it is free. (Anyone is also welcome to join our community garden or attend any of our Earth Week events, and they are all free). We don’t want to do anything that would upset the neighbors.Our goal is to create a sense of community, where everyone feels empowered to change the world.

You can check out for Earth Week events.Included are several workshops on composting, energy conservation, sustainABLE living, and a food systems workshop, as well as tree planting, and other interactive demonstrations.
Please contact if you have questions.

In the meantime, let’s celebrate the milestone of creating a wonderful community asset in just over one year.  Very inspiring!

ECO-KIDS DAY at Growcology!

This Saturday, April 10th (9am-4pm) ECO-KIDS DAY at Growcology!

Growcology is unveiling the new kids garden, and to help us celebrate we’ve invited a few friends.

Learn all about where our food comes from, how to garden, caring for chickens, crafting your own candles, and learn about the eco-energy-bike.  Most importantly, enjoy a day with your community at Growcology.

For all the details and information on what to bring, please read the attachment to this email.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

H.U.B. (Homestead Uniting Brilliance)

Phone:  951-389-GROW (4769)
Skype:   growcology