Category Archives: Non-Profits

Using Permaculture to Build Foodshed in Houston, TX

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In 2009, I was invited by the Graduate Public Gardens Masters Program of the University of Delaware to talk at the Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania about our community engagement experiences in Houston. The attached pdf is the program I produced. It runs in several parts, the first summarizing what Urban Harvest did as of 2009, then how we created it, and finally some of the permaculture design ideas we used in designing the organization.  For recent Urban Harvest activity see http://urbanharvest.org 

The attachment is in powerpoint mainly because my free version of acrobat turns the small pptx file into a giant pdf file.  

 

Community Gardens for Southeast Texas

Last spring, Urban Harvest’s Erin Ericksen and I gave a workshop on the role of community gardens in building a sustainable society here. The Pdf is attached.

Randall & Eriksen Community Gardens

Designing a Non-Profit that Works (Strategic Planning)

Most people wouldn’t dream of building a house or bridge or retirement fund without a design–a carefully constructed written plan using well-thought out principles. But it is shocking that many non-profit organizations (and many for-profits too) do this. As well, when non-profits get around to a strategic plan, they often take their cues from consultants and advice books whose main experience is for-profit efforts. The article attached sets out some of the ideas I developed over many years about planning in non-profit organizations.

20121215 Strategic Planning

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