The following organizations are allied in their efforts in some manner with the endeavors of Global Community Communications Alliance and Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage.
ARANNOGALES (ASOCIACION DE REFORESTACION EN AMBOS NOGALES)
A joint effort of various organizations from both Nogales, Sonora and Nogales, Arizona who are dedicated to improving the quality of the air and the environment by re-establishing native vegetation.
BARRIO BREAD CO.
As a locally-grown business with a true passion for artisan bread making, Barrio Bread is a micro-bakery specializing in breads using ancient sourdough methods. Don Guerra (owner/baker) coached Avalon Gardens bakers using our earth oven. Our alliance with Don has been one of consultation and him drawing public attention to our sustainable food endeavors. Don was instrumental in assisting a film crew to visit Avalon Gardens to do a segment for a heritage grains documentary, specifically featuring Sonoran winter wheat we grow.
BORDER ACTION NETWORK
A human rights organization, based in Tucson, Arizona (about an hour north of the U.S./Mexico international border) whose mission is to establish safety, equality, dignity, understanding, and respect across cultures in border/immigrant communities. Executive Director Juanita Molina.
BORDER PATROL VICTIMS NETWORK
This Arizona-based activist group’s intentions are to connect the families of people who have died during incidents with Border Patrol agents, calling for justice for families in the United States and Mexico. The organization is not focused solely on incidents in Southern Arizona, but across North America.
A grassroots effort to maintain and enhance biodiversity in the Sky Island borderlands in Arizona/Sonora by first restoring physical processes, like stream flow, and then focusing on native plants and their pollinators that form the base of the “food chain” on which all other species depend. Avalon Organic Gardens hosts workshops and sets up educational demonstration sites with them.
BUENOS AIRES NATIONAL
Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge is 117,500-acre landscape that is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System in Altar Valley, focused on protecting and restoring habitat for wildlife. Prescribed burning, controlling exotic and invasive plants and animals, and erosion control are just some of the efforts taking place. Students from Global Community Communications Schools for Teens & Children have their environmental education booth at the Grasslands Fair at Buenos Aires annually in November.
COCHISE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
College students, as part of their “Sustainability Course,” have come for several years for their education and credits for workshops with Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage.
Global Community Communications Alliance (GCCA) has been listed in the Communities Directory since 1993. Articles from GCCA Co-Founder Niánn Emerson Chase and other members of the community have been published in Communities magazine. Some GCCA members have attended gatherings hosted by The Federation of Egalitarian Communities (the parent organization of Communities magazine).
COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA
Avalon Organic Gardens participates in events and farmers markets as community foods consignment program, as well as networking with them to improve community food security by promoting, demonstrating, advocating for, and collaboratively building an equitable and regional food system. The Community Food Bank supports farms, home gardening, farmers’ markets, and youth programs that provide nutritional locally-grown foods and know-how to individuals and families interested in growing their own food. Avalon Gardens became certified and are able to accept FMNP (Farmers Market Nutrition Program) Vouchers and SFMNP (for seniors), WIC (Arizona Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) Vouchers, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program a.k.a. food stamps).
Cosechando Bienestar (Harvesting Wellbeing) is a new initiative in Nogales, Arizona to promote the production, consumption, and awareness of local, healthy foods. The program promotes home and community gardens, the new Nogales Mercado, and other food enterprises. Community Garden Leaders receive in-depth instruction in gardening and food production led by Avalon Organic Gardens. Community Garden Leaders work closely with staff at Mariposa Community Health Center (MCHC) to educate Nogales residents about vegetable gardening and food production.
EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
The Global Community Communications Schools for Teens & Children have participated in the Earth Day Festival at Reid Park in Tucson every year since 2009. We also have our Global Change Tools booth at the event annually.
FORGOTTEN POLLINATORS CAMPAIGN
Founded by Gary Nabhan, faculty member at the University of Arizona and an internationally-celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. In 1995, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, where Gary served as Director of Science, launched the Forgotten Pollinators Campaign, which helped focus international interest on threatened interactions between plants and their pollinators. Avalon Gardens works closely with Gary and is dedicated to educating people on the vital role pollinators play, offering workshops held at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage, including presenters such as Gary and Paul Kaiser.
FRIENDS OF THE SANTA CRUZ RIVER
Two community members of Global Community Communications Alliance (GCCA) sit on the Board of Friends of the Santa Cruz River (FOSCR), which is a highly respected Southern Arizona organization dedicated to preserving the flow, water quality, and banks of the Santa Cruz River. FOSCR does river advocacy through educational outreach programs as well as organizing river clean-ups of trash along the banks. Their River Watch program has been gathering and publishing scientific data on the Upper Basin of the Santa Cruz River since 1990 that is used by state & federal agencies to define the health of the river. GCCA has co-hosted events with FOSCR, including Celebrate the River, Junior Ranger Day (at Tumacácori National Historical Park) and the annual Celebrate the River Picnic and Youth Art Contest. Students from the Global Community Communications School’s Bio-Regional Activism class participate in many FOSCR events, including presenting an educational outreach booth at events and assisting in the annual Fish Survey of the Santa Cruz River.
GLOBAL ECOVILLAGE NETWORK
Global Community Communications Alliance has been involved in the Community Sustainability Assessment process since 2001. Articles about the Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage have been published on the EcoVillage Network of the Americas newsletter, and people from this organization have visited Avalon Gardens.
Provides education regarding the health risks of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in our food supply. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are plants or animals engineered to contain foreign DNA, usually from non-related species. They're in 80% of processed food in America. Global Community Communications Alliance works with activist and educator Jaime Hall and others at GMO-Free Tucson to help promote higher food choices, including through our all-organic GMO-free full-service restaurant: Food For Ascension Café in Tucson, Arizona.
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE NOGALES
In collaboration with Professor Diane Austin, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, at the University of Arizona, civil engineers using recycled paper learn the theory and application of Papercrete, which provides affordable housing in Mexico.
Charter school in Nogales and Tucson that emphasizes Montessori philosophy, interculturlism, character leadership skills, and traditional dance. The children of Global Community Communications Schools For Teens & Children have interacted with their children and put on youth forums together. Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage Master Gardeners and instructors taught students for several years how to garden, which led them to start their own school gardens.
Conserves, distributes, and documents the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seeds, their wild relatives, and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American Southwest and northwest Mexico. Avalon Gardens has participated in several experiments and projects with Native Seeds/ SEARCH.
CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS)
Administers conservation programs in order to reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters. The Tucson office of the NRCS continues to collaborate closely with Avalon Organic Garden & EcoVillage staff on water conservation and air-quality programs.
NOGALES COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Providing support for commercial revitalization and entrepreneurs, and affordable housing for families and individuals in Nogales, Arizona and Santa Cruz County.
(Patagonia Area Resource Alliance)
The Patagonia Area Resource Alliance is a group that is working to protect the Patagonia Mountains from corporate mining. Members of Global Community Communications Alliance have attended their events and supported their efforts through networking and by publishing articles in local papers about the mining threats to the Patagonia Mountains.
PARTNERS FOR SUSTAINABLE
Partners for Sustainable Pollination (PFSP) works with farmers and beekeepers to improve the health of honey bees and support native pollinators. Avalon Organic Gardens has collaborated with Paul Kaiser—a Waldorf-inspired farmer and owner of Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastopol, California and winner of the 2010 Farmer-Rancher Award for the United States from the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. Paul, along with Avalon Organic Gardens, are certified for gardeners of Bee Friendly Farming through PFSP.
Rancho Feliz has worked on the border since 1987 and is a multi-national, secular, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers committed to bucking the odds. However, Rancho Feliz is not welfare. Rather, they believe in the democratic redistribution of opportunity and the view that the best way to improve our own circumstances is to serve others. Thus they have changed thousands of lives on both sides of the border, with about 94% of every dollar raised going directly into their programs.
SABORES SIN FRONTERAS — FLAVORS WITHOUT BORDERS
A regional, bi-national and multi-cultural alliance to document, celebrate, and conserve farming and food folkways that span the U.S./Mexico borderlands from Texas and Tamaulipas on the east to Ambos Californias on the west.
SAHUARITA HIGH SCHOOL
Through a unique program, entitled Project Inspire, autistic students from Sahuarita High School (in Sahuarita, Arizona) spend time at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage working with the animals and gardening.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
The Santa Cruz Community Foundation (SCCF) identifies current and emerging border issues and mobilizes and strengthens community resources to solve these issues. The Foundation assists this unique border region to prepare for the future by strengthening, through grants and training, nonprofits (NPO) on both sides of the border. There is a diverse set of NPOs on the border ranging from job training programs, community centers, boys and girls clubs, arts groups, environmental restoration, agriculture, indigenous arts and culture, humane societies, libraries, children’s homes, domestic violence abuse programs, migrant shelters, and soup kitchens that exist to alleviate the many inequalities and social and economic problems of the region.
SANTA CRUZ VALLEY CITIZENS COUNCIL
Santa Cruz Valley Citizens Council, Inc. (SCVCC) is a non-profit Arizona corporation whose purpose is to inform and educate its members about local and regional issues affecting the region. This is a group of citizens that really gets genuinely involved in local issues, and they have worked in the past to safeguard the region from overdevelopment and many other worthy causes. Some members of Global Community Communications Alliance belong to SCVCC and have been attending meetings and participating since 2008.
SAVE THE SCENIC SANTA RITAS
Save the Scenic Santa Ritas is a non-profit organization working to protect the Santa Rita and Patagonia Mountains from environmental degradation caused by mining and mineral exploration activities. Current activities are centered around the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains. Members of Global Community Communications Alliance have been supporting this organization since 2006 by tabling, participating in letter-writing campaigns, and engaging in the NEPA process to stop the Rosemont Copper Mine.
SIERRA CLUB — RINCON GROUP
The Tucson chapter of the Sierra Club, the Rincon Group, hosts many interesting events that members of Global Community Communications Alliance (GCCA) have attended. GCCA members also work with the Sierra Club in supporting certain campaigns that affect the regional physical and social environment.
SOMAS LA SEMILLA
“We Are The Seed” is a network of grassroots organizations, growers, clinics, and supporters in Arizona-Sonora borderlands creating alternative healthy food systems and sustainable agriculture practices. Avalon Gardens' Master Gardeners work in conjunction in many projects.
Inspiring and enabling community decisions and public policies that respect the land and people of western North America; supporting resilient environmental and economic systems. Members of Global Community Communications Alliance (GCCA) work with the Sonoran Institute on the annual fish survey of the Santa Cruz River and other projects. The Sonoran Institute invited GCCA to contribute to the Santa Cruz County Water Harvesting Guidance Manual, which lists Water Harvesting Projects in Southeastern Arizona including the community’s Avalon Gardens and Out-of-the-Way Galleria in Tubac. Members of the Sonoran Institute have participated in several tours of Avalon Gardens, as well as assisting with watershed management projects.
SOUTHWEST MARKETING NETWORK
The network’s purpose is to help Southwestern producers and communities develop new and improved markets and enterprises and to rebuild local food systems.
TOHONO O’ODHAM NATION
We have an alliance with Bernard & Regina Siquieros of the Tohono O’Odham Nation. Bernard is the Educational Curator of the Tohono O’Odham Nation Cultural Center (in Sells, Arizona) and Regina is the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the O’Odham Nation. They have come to Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage to give presentations on their culture, and we have made reciprocal trips to visit them in Sells and Tucson.
TOTAL IMMERSION SCHOOL
Started by activist and actor Russell Means (one of the Co-Founders of A.I.M./American Indian Movement), the school is located at Porcupine, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation in Shannon Count—the poorest county in the United States. The concept of Culture Total Immersion Education has now spread worldwide. Indigenous peoples in Hawaii and Canada are creating their own Immersion Schools. The T.R.E.A.T.Y. Total Immersion School is the first for American Indians in the United States. Russell and Pearl Means have been good friends with Global Community Communications Alliance for many years. After Russell passed on in October 2012, his wife Pearl has continued her friendship with our community, including presenting “the Russell Means Legacy” at The Sea of Glass in Spring 2014.
TUCSON MEET YOURSELF
A Tucson tradition, “folklife” festival with a focus on presenting artists and communities that carry on living traditions rooted in a group's own definition of identity, artistry, and cultural significance. Since 2007 Global Community Communications Alliance and Avalon Gardens have participated every year in this event, facilitating educational booths and workshops.
TUCSON PEACE FAIR AND CALENDAR
Avalon Gardens hosts an event on the Tucson Peace Calendar that is an invitation for people to come and work in the gardens during “Hands In The Soil” on the first Saturday morning of every month. This is followed by a discussion on Food Justice issues. Avalon Gardens also hosts an educational booth at the annual Peace Fair and provides some musicians for the entertainment venue.
TUCSON WATER FESTIVAL
The Global Community Communications Schools for Teens and Children is a participant in the Tucson Water Festival. We share our educational displays on water with Friends of the Santa Cruz River and our Children’s Choir has performed water songs at this unique event focused on water issues.
The mission ruins sites of San José de Tumacácori, Los Santos Ángeles de Guevavi, and San Cayetano de Calabazas are administered by Tumacácori National Historical Park. Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage is right across the river from Tumacácori National Historical Park, and we have enjoyed many events with our neighbors at The Mission, including participating in the annual Fiesta and co-hosting Celebrate The River in 2009. Additionally our Spirit Steps Tours company accompanies guides and visitors to all tours of the Guevavi & San Cayetano mission sites.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
Faculty and students have been to Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage for workshops to share and receive information, including with exchange students from South America.
WATERSHED MANAGEMENT GROUP
Watershed Management Group (WMG) develops community-based solutions to ensure the long-term prosperity of people and health of the environment, providing people with the knowledge, skills, and resources for sustainable livelihoods. Global Community Communications Alliance has enjoyed many activities with WMG, including assisting with the development of a watershed management project at Guy Tobin Trailhead in Rio Rico, Arizona, and many watershed management projects at Avalon Gardens in Tumacácori, Arizona.
WESTERN SARE (SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION)
A program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that offers competitive grants conducted cooperatively by farmers, ranchers, researchers, and other agriculture professionals to advance farm and ranch systems that are profitable, environmentally sound, and good for communities. In collaboration with several grain growers we revived the production, milling, distribution, and marketing of the oldest extant grain variety adapted to the arid Southwest: White Sonora soft bread wheat.
WINDSONG PEACE & LEADERSHIP CENTER
An environmental education center fostering the connection between pressing environmental and social issues through state-of-the-art leadership and social issues training and focusing on reducing its impact on the environment. This year-round education center is committed to “leading by example,” with advancements such as more than 70% of food grown on-site and sourced locally, rain-water harvesting, earthen building structures, and pollinator habitat restoration, as a grassroots role model for social and ecological regeneration. Windsong brings workshop participants to Avalon Gardens to tour and work, while teachers and students from Global Community Communications Schools for Teens & Children at Avalon Gardens attended a Social Justice Workshop at Windsong as well as a Me-To-We Activities Day.
Empowering 8,000+ community-based groups nationally, linking with international organizations advocating basic rights to food, land, water, & sustainable livelihoods. Founded in 1975 by the late musician Harry Chapin and Bill Ayres. Jen Chapin, Harry Chapin's daughter, has been to Avalon Gardens many times and presented workshops.