Seeds @ City Urban Farm (part of the San Diego City College Foundation)
1313 Park Boulevard
San Diego CA 92101
Contact Information
Address 1313 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone (619) 388.3712
E-mail cityfarm@sdccd.edu
Web and Social Media
Former student and current Seeds@City Urban Farmer, Damian Valdez
At A Glance
Former Names
Seeds at City Urban Farm
Year of Incorporation 1983
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $99,000.00
Projected Expenses $99,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $99,000.00 (2015)
Description The sustainable urban agriculture (AGRI) program
assists a frequently neglected, underserved community (urban,
culturally and economically diverse) for whom the health benefits of organic farming are vitally needed; The AGRI certificate program tracks offer a hands-on approach to becoming a professional in urban farming, while the associate degree track leads to a two-year degree in sustainable urban agriculture for those interested in transferring to a 4-year university to continue their education path and academic career. 
Budget 100000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Hispanic, Latino Heritage, Minorities
Short Term Success 75% of successful students in an agriculture class will continue their education by taking another AGRI course or will sign up for one or more of our off-campus internships with community partners.
Long term Success For students completing certificate programs, 50% will start a sustainable agriculture related business or find a job in the field.
Program Success Monitored By Student completion and grades 'C' and higher are tracked each semester. Students will self-report academic plan in survey given to all students in the program each semester. Certificate completion data will also be tracked via the counseling office.
Examples of Program Success As of Spring 2012, three students have completed the Sustainable Urban Gardening Certificate of Achievement.
Between 2008-2014, we've
trained 78 farm apprentices (informally) and 543 students have successfully completed sustainable urban agriculture courses in our hands-on
program, with a 70.6% skill attainment rate over all courses (grade of
'C' or higher).  

Testimonial:

"I was taught skills and lessons that I feel are
vital for everybody to know and explore. After furthering my education
in agronomy through other avenues, I developed an edible gardening
business called Dean's Greens. I constantly use the knowledge imparted to me at Seeds[@City] out in the  field. I am excited for future students to be part of such a wonderful place."- Dean Libs, owner of Dean's Greens
Description Our produce direct marketing course trains students to manage a community supported agriculture (CSA) and weekly farm stand operations. We cover both the agriculture and business side of managing and operating a weekly community-supported agriculture subscription program and a produce farm stand. Our CSA shareholders receive a bag of fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers 48 weeks out of the year.
During the academic year (32 weeks), students harvest produce for our weekly farm stand, market the goods, answer consumer
questions,  track of produce weights, and manage the funds collected
from sales. We have varied between 5 to 15 CSA shareholders since June 2011 and have grown over 5500 lbs of produce since July 2013. In total we have grown over 10,000 lbs of produce to support our produce direct marketing ventures since January 2012. This funding is essential to purchasing supplies to maintain the farm and support our class needs. We currently can only offer this class in the spring and fall semesters. In the future we hope to be able to also offer this course over the summer, our most abundant season.
 
The income generated from these produce sales is used to purchase seeds, tools and other supplies needed for the farm and AGRI program.
Budget 16000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Adults, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Minorities
Short Term Success CSA will grow 50% by term starting in Fall 2012 from 4 members currently to 6 members (Fall 2012) and 9 produce shareholders in Spring 2013.
We have exceeded this goal (Summer 2013). The program currently supports 15 CSA shareholders.We have since decreased the number of CSA due to lack of funding to fully support our farmer's work during the 2014-15 school year.
Long term Success 25% of students will find jobs running and managing a CSA program or weekly farm stand.
Program Success Monitored By New shareholders will be tracked. Student success will be accounted for via success rates (grades 'C' or higher) in our new Direct Marketing course as well as via testimonials from students and employers stating how participation in CSA training program prepared them for CSA management and operations. Student job attainment will be tracked via self-reported bi-annual surveys.
Examples of Program Success In Spring 2012, our CSA had 4 shareholders continuing from the Fall 2012 semester. By Summer 2012, we had 7 CSA members. As of Fall 2012, we have 10 CSA shareholders, surpassing our short term success benchmark. Summer 2013 update: The farm is currently supporting 15 CSA shareholders.
Statements
Mission Statement Seeds@City Urban Farm is a one-acre working farm located in the heart of downtown San Diego that also serves as the outdoor classroom for the Sustainable Urban Agriculture program at San Diego City College. We train young, urban farmers while growing nutritious food for our community, encouraging self-reliance and a thriving local economy.
Background Statement Seeds @ City Urban Farm was formed via a partnership between San Diego City College and San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project in June 2008. Building on the success of Seeds@City's apprenticeship training program, our sustainable urban agriculture certificate and associate degree program was started in fall of 2010. The sustainable urban agriculture program provides students with hands-on experiences necessary for learning the skills of urban farming and is the first––and still only––program of its kind at an institution of higher education in San Diego County. Prior to the development of the sustainable urban agriculture program, young people were forced to leave the county, and southern California, if they wanted academic training in sustainable urban agriculture. We are training the next generation of farmers and providing them with the unique skill set to farm sustainably, in cities, where most of the world's population lives.
Impact Statement We have developed a solid produce direct marketing program over the past year and have boosted production and job opportunities for our students. We employed five current or former students in the program as part-time staff to help maintain the farm, boost production, and assist with program administration. Our direct marketing ventures have expanded to provide produce to Ripe market and several local restaurants in North & South Park as well as the Golden Hill communities; We have increased our CSA shares from 5 in June to 15 currently and plan to reach 20 subscribers by the end of the fiscal year; As of July 18th, construction has begun on the greenhouse that we raised funds to build via Kickstarter.com and a successful Patagonia Environmental Grant. This greenhouse will allow us to offer our greenhouse management class for the first time this fall, grow starts to support the farm and the community.Via these and other produce direct marketing business ventures, we plan to move the farm closer toward financial self-sufficiency.
Needs Statement One staff urban farmer(s)–– to maintain our 1-acre farm and 30' greenhouse. Our farmer plans and oversees production, manage volunteers and interns, and maintain our new greenhouse and all farm crops. ($36K/yr). 

 
CEO/Executive Director Statement From the farm manager:
Our program seeks to train young farmers to fill the gap as our nation's farmers retire––the current age of the American farmer is 59 years old. A recent study in San Diego County indicated that every agriculture-related job supports 2.7 other jobs. Therefore, growing farmers makes good economic sense and supports our local economy, in addition to making San Diego a food secure region.

Not only are we training our students in healthy,
ecologically-friendly farming techniques, we are providing them with the
skills to be entrepreneurial farmers in the city. Additionally, our
program assists a frequently neglected, under-served community (urban, culturally and economically diverse) for whom the health benefits of organic farming are vitally needed. Demand for this program is very high.  For each course that has been offered since 2010, we’ve had twice as many students attempting to crash as there are spots available. We currently cannot come close to meeting the community's demand for these skills and our courses under our current funding situation.  A perennial issue for a program such as ours has been
the state of California's increasing inability to extend funding to crucial
educational ventures.  Ironically, this funding deficit occurs at a time when interest in our program is greater than ever.  Prior to the development of the sustainable urban agriculture program, young people were forced to leave the county, and southern California, if they wanted academic training in sustainable urban agriculture. 
 
Service Categories
Two-Year Colleges
Agricultural Programs
Environmental Education
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
CA - San Diego
Students are from the metropolitan areas of San Diego. We have also had multiple students move cross-country just to enroll in this unique program.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Is your organization a member of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)? No
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Smart Growth Award for creative and sustainable development in the midst of San Diego's urban coreUrban Land Institute2009
"Best Practice" award in SustainabilityCalifornia Community Colleges2009
Stand for Sam Award for Ecological StewardshipStand for Sam- Sam Murray's Future Farm Foundation2013
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government?
Board Chair
Board Chair Rich Grosch
Email rgrosch@sdccd.edu
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mary Graham Cuyamaca CollegeVoting
Rich Grosch Voting
Dr. Maria Nieto Senour San Diego State UniversityVoting
Bernie Rhinerson Voting
Peter Zschiesche Director, Employee Rights CenterVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Meeting Attendance % 82%
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 18
Comments
CEO Comments Dr. Anthony Beebe is the new San Diego City College president as of the 2014-15 academic year. He is listed as CEO for Seeds@City Urban Farm. The San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees are listed as our Board members.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Anthony Beebe
Term Start Aug 2014
Email abeebe@sdccd.edu
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 150
Contractors 0
Comments
CEO Comments One part-time adjunct AGRI faculty member receives 8 hours per week out-of-classroom assignment to assist with program management. All other faculty and staff are part-time.  All policies mentioned above are currently under development––we are in discussion, comparing with like minded non-profits.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $99,000.00
Projected Expenses $99,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Letter of Determination of Tax Exempt Status
IRS letter
Form 990s
Detail Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$31,393$7,000$15,400
Government Contributions$22,236$5,720$12,000
Federal$22,236$5,720$10,000
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$2,000
Individual Contributions$16,222$29,348$4,311
$0$0$0
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$9,369$3,934$655
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$41,537$32,537$32,537
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$87,569$48,126$38,450
Administration Expense$6,000$4,500$6,000
Fundraising Expense$3,961$4,500$3,000
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.241.371.37
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%84%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%10%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
Organization Comments
One adjunct (part-time) faculty farm manager is provided with 8 hours per week to assist Department Chair and part-time staff with managing the program. This is split between 'administration' and 'fundraising' expenses. We have no full-time staff at the farm. Fundraising has been reduced and administration costs have increased since a full-time Biology faculty member stopped managing the program to serve as department chair, starting in 2013-14.
 
Our excess revenue from 2012-13 was due to fundraising monies set aside to build our greenhouse for the farm (constructed in 7/2013) as well as partial staff salaries allocated for farm maintenance and outdoor lab support work that was spent in 2013-14.
 
'Other number' on the financial spreadsheet includes funding from the college's general fund which supports our AGRI classes each semester. This total is also included as part of our 'program' expenses.
Nonprofit Seeds @ City Urban Farm (part of the San Diego City College Foundation)
Address 1313 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
Primary Phone 619 388.3712
Contact Email cityfarm@sdccd.edu
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Anthony Beebe
Board Chair Rich Grosch
Year of Incorporation 1983
Former Names
Seeds at City Urban Farm

 

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