When Alchemist began working with the vacant lot on Pansy Avenue it was being used as a dumping ground. In addition to illegal dumping, neighbors expressed concern of other illegal activities occurring there. One neighbor stated the area “[n]eeds to be kept clean so that the people who dump on the lot now know we are here and are caring for it and that it isn’t a dump anymore.” Thanks to Alchemist CDC and our partners, we’ve been able to clean up the lot and install a fence to prevent illegal dumping or other illicit activities. But this is only just the beginning. We are working with the city to create a community park and demonstration garden to include features that were chosen based on neighborhood input. We are meeting with neighborhood residents on Monday to discuss next steps and are closer than ever to realize the full potential of the space and completing the transformation from blighted dumping ground to community asset.
Join the Sacramento region in celebrating the important work of our local nonprofits by giving to Alchemist CDC on May 4th 2017. Click the Big Day of Giving logo to give!
What is the Big Day of Giving?
It is a 24-hour online giving challenge that brings together the region’s nonprofit community to help raise much needed unrestricted funds and shine a spotlight on the work nonprofits do to make the Sacramento region the place we call home.
When is the Big Day of Giving?
The Big Day of Giving is May 4, 2017 from 12:01am-11:59pm!
How do I give?
You can visit our profile page on the Big Day of Giving website at: https://www.bigdayofgiving.org/AlchemistCDC
Click the “DONATE NOW” button to schedule a donation for May 4th or to donate on the Big Day.
As part of our Market Match program, we regularly do customer surveys. We recently received results from 2015/16 surveys and there are some very encouraging results. Because of Market Match, 82.9% of respondents said the amount of fruits and vegetables they purchase each week increased! Additionally, 85.6% of responding Market Match customers said that because of Market Match they now purchase different kinds of fruits and vegetables than they had been before. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, 70.9% of responding Market Match customers said that because of the program, their family’s health has improved. To learn more about this program, which is making a positive difference in peoples’ lives, visit the Market Match page.
2016 was a record year for Alchemist CDC at the farmers’ market. We began CalFresh processing at three additional markets, which gave us 13 markets total. At these markets, we saw over $248,000 spent in CalFresh last year. This means lower-income families were able to spend over $248,000 on local farmers’ market offerings, which they would not have access to without our work! We also saw an additional $70,000+ Market Match dollars spent on healthy, local produce at our markets. Between our CalFresh processing and Market Match programs over $300,000 extra dollars were spent in our local economy, benefiting local farmers and food producers, all thanks to Alchemist’s work. We could not do it without the help of our partners and supporters and we thank everyone who contributes to our great work!
Thanks to everyone who showed up on January 29th at Two Rivers Cider Company to show your support for Alchemist CDC. We enjoyed hanging out with friends, listening to music, drinking awesome locally produced hard cider and eating delicious food from Slightly Skewed food truck.
Special thanks to the musical performers: The Outliers – Husband and wife math nerds who play classic and obscure American acoustic duets! and The Sasha and Jimmy Show – Singing smoky barroom harmonies. This event benefited Alchemist CDC’s programs http://www.alchemistcdc.org/other-projects/