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Our Farm Is Threatened

The City Council in Bell, where GrowGood is located, will consider a plan by the Cemex Corp. that would lead to 500 open trucks traveling 24 hours a day, seven days a week filled with gravel along the small street that runs between the farm and the Bell Shelter. The trucks would be filled from a train that would run at the back of the farm.
 
Imagine the fumes and the dust and the noise such an endeavor would create. We think it would risk the very existence of the farm and the community we have spent years building, often with the help of many of you. 
 
During the course of the planning for this, GrowGood never received any notice of the plans, nor do we find that an environmental impact study was conducted. 

Make your voices heard on behalf of GrowGood
If you can come to the City Council meeting, it will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday at 6250 Pine Avenue. Bell, California 90201. When you arrive, if you fill out a blue card, you can have up to three minutes to speak. Please speak. Let the council know how important the farm is. If you cannot come in person, please email all five council members.  See an email template below. Please feel free to make changes to it as you see fit. 

The council members:

Mayor Fidencio Gallardo
fjgallardo@cityofbell.org

Vice Mayor Ana Maria Quintana
amquintana@cityofbell.org

Ali Saleh
asaleh@cityofbell.org

Nestor Enrique Valencia
nvalencia@cityofbell.org

Alicia Romero
aromero@cityofbell.org


We are so very grateful for your support as a donor or a volunteer. We hope you will take this step to help GrowGood continue to thrive.

Thank you so very much,
The GrowGood board of directors and Team


Title: Save GrowGood and The Bell Shelter 

Dear Bell City Counsel, 

My name is __________________________ and I am the _________________ of the ___(organization/business)_______that does _________________.  

I am writing you today as a supporter of GrowGood.  We strongly oppose the City of Bell's approval of the CEMEX project for many reasons.  As you know, GrowGood  has received wide recognition for creating an urban farm adjacent to one of the largest homeless shelters west of the Mississippi.  This recognition includes awards from UCLA, USC and grants from many large and small foundations.  GrowGood's support goes way beyond funding.  GrowGood is a place where your children, family members and friends come to learn and work.  Thousands of volunteers from church, school and community organizations visit the farm.  GrowGood means to be a model, and hires and trains residents of the shelter in skills they carry on into jobs in any field.

The Cemex mining distribution project will effectively destroy GrowGood for many reasons.  First, it will create unsafe working conditions for GrowGood's farm employees because 350-500 trucks a day will pass about 100 feet from GrowGood on K Street.  These trucks will greatly increase the air pollution from diesel exhaust and dust from the truck beds.  Second, GrowGood's mission is to support the shelter with hyper-local food.  This means constant trips across K street. As well, many shelter residents cross the street to visit, volunteer or work on the farm -- and many of those residents are working with mental and physical issues, including PTSD. The safety of our staff, the shelter clients and our volunteers will be at risk. Third, GrowGood provides thousands of pounds of food for the shelter, worth about $20,000 a year. Who will make up that value?  

There are few real urban farms in Los Angeles County. There are even fewer like GrowGood, which demonstrates a commitment to addressing the grave challenges that homeless individuals face by assisting them along the path to stability and self-sufficiency.  There is a homeless crisis in Los Angeles County.  We need organizations like GrowGood and The Salvation Army to continue the fight.  We urge you not to approve the CEMEX's project unless CEMEX takes significant measures to protect the interests of the Bell Shelter and GrowGood's farm. Please don't jeopardize the decades of work that have gone into the wonderful projects that are the Bell Shelter and GrowGood. 

Respectfully, 

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