What is Proyecto Jardín Asking from WMMC?
Proyecto Jardín is asking White Memorial Medical Center to agree to the following:
1. Rescind the 30-day notice to leave the jardín premises
2. Place a 6-month moratorium on all eviction actions in order to expand the window of opportunity for reasonable minds to come to the table to negotiate a win-win land use agreement.
3. Work with Proyecto Jardín to develop a permanent land-use agreement that meets the hospital’s needs & interests without displacing or disrupting the existing community and their organization.
Who supports Proyecto Jardín’s Right to remain at WMMC?
The following community organizations support Proyecto Jardín's right to remain at our current site at White Memorial Medical Center and oppose its displacement.
12 FAQs About Proyecto Jardin’s Land Tenure & Lease
IS IT TRUE PROYECTO JARDÍN IS BEING EVICTED?
Proyecto Jardin’s lease expired on December 31, 2015. Legally speaking the owner/landlord, White Memorial Medical Center, is not obligated to renew the lease and can ask Proyecto Jardín to leave. This is not considered an eviction. It is a legal removal and displacement of the organization, the people, and movement that make Proyecto Jardín the PLACE we all know and love.
DID PROYECTO JARDÍN TRY TO RENEW THE LEASE BEFORE IT EXPIRED ON DECEMBER 31, 2015?
Yes. Proyecto Jardín initiated conversations with White Memorial in July 2015, approximately 6 months before the lease expired. White Memorial announced they had no intention of renewing the lease, but welcomed Proyecto Jardín to “try to change [their] minds.”
DID PROYECTO JARDÍN TRY TO CHANGE WHITE MEMORIAL’S MIND?
Yes. Proyecto Jardín addressed concerns expressed by White Memorial and provided outcomes data showing consistent monthly growth and improvement over a period 3 months (August – October) in areas of interest to White Memorial: productivity, daily attendance, and collaborative work with the hospital.
In addition, Proyecto Jardín followed up with White Memorial’s recommendation to partner with the hospital’s Diabetes prevention program, Healthy Eating Lifestyle Program (HELP) and the Community Information Center’s Vive Bien Senior program. Proyecto Jardín prepared activities for two separate Open House programs for HELP and Vive Bien participants. Over a dozen seniors and staff from White Memorial’s Vive Bien program attended Proyecto Jardín’s Open House on November 11. The hospital’s Diabetes HELP program cancelled their visit to the garden 3 days before their scheduled Open House program.
In November 2015, Proyecto Jardín requested a 6-month extension for use of the entire garden in order to complete programs currently funded through June 30, 2016, and prevent displacement of Proyecto Jardín’s Food Growers Collective members with whom Proyecto Jardín had signed 12- and 18-month membership contracts. White Memorial flatly refused.
WHAT DOES WHITE MEMORIAL WANT? WHAT WOULD CHANGE THEIR MIND?
On December 6, White Memorial reconsidered and agreed to allow Proyecto Jardín to remain in the garden if Proyecto Jardín agrees to the following:
Stay temporarily for only 6 months.
Give up 2/3 of the land and relocate all of Proyecto Jardín’s operations to a small reservation of space that totals 1/3 of garden.
Agree to “faithful compliance with Sabbath Policy,” i.e. Adventist religious doctrine for Sabbath & agree to attend a 1-hour religious education session with a 7th Day Adventist church pastor. (This requirement has never been mandated in the previous 15-year history of Proyecto Jardin’s presence on the land.)
Surrender overall management and key access of the space to White Memorial.
Change the name of Proyecto Jardín to “White Memorial Hospital Garden” and rebrand the site using White Memorial’s logo.
HOW DID PROYECTO JARDÍN RESPOND TO THIS OFFER?
Proyecto Jardín prepared a counter offer after consulting members of the organization, the Food Growers Collective, community leaders, and supporters to assess their feelings and thoughts about White Memorial’s offer. Proyecto Jardín’s counteroffer asked for:
Site Control: 5-year lease for use of the entire parcel as currently defined.
Organizational autonomy and the right of Proyecto Jardín to: (a) Determine its mission, vision, values, governance structure, staff, and programming; and (b) Independently select and engage the partners, sponsors, allies, and supporters best suited to the advancement of Proyecto Jardín’s mission and goals; and (c) Exercise cultural self-determination and freedom of religion on the premises.
A meeting “with White Memorial’s Executive Council to address our mutual concerns and explore creative solutions to WMMC needs and interests in the land.”
IS PROYECTO JARDÍN WILLING TO NEGOTIATE LEASE TERMS THAT MEET THE NEEDS AND INTERESTS OF BOTH WHITE MEMORIAL AS WELLS AS PROYECTO JARDÍN?
Yes, absolutely! Proyecto Jardín has communicated to White Memorial that:
It is completely “possible to accommodate WMMC needs and interests without displacing families and the community-based organization they created” and they belong to.
“We envision an iterative process driven by dialogue and exploration of our mutual interests and needs.”
Proyecto Jardín “remains committed to working with [White Memorial] for a Win-Win outcome and sincerely hope White Memorial agrees to resume lease negotiations with Proyecto Jardín.”
“Our respective organizations are both highly regarded in our community and . . . we [both] have what it takes to get to a middle ground, and from that place build upon our common ground for the greater good in our community.”