Bulldoze Paradise? An Update on Community Efforts to Save California Native Garden Foundation

This is what we do at Middlebrook center 365 a year! Here are what two partners, MBG and CNGF contribute to our community, especially schools, every day.

Bulldoze paradise?  We think not.

Here’s an update on our efforts to save our Eco-Village from the bulldozer. We have received tremendous letters from over a dozen supporters. Thanks to each one of you! Bravo!!

If you haven’t written a support letter yet, please take a few minutes and tell our city officials the merits of keeping this kind of land use in central San Jose. Write to: [email protected] and send a copy to [email protected]. This month, we are adding our City Council rep to the list of people we want you to address your letters.


Here are some talking points:
  • We will always need regenerative organic farms and restored Native ecological gardens in the heart of Silicon Valley and cities across America. We can set an example for others to follow. All youth benefits when nature is in their daily lives. They learn where good healthy food comes from and how to grow it. They can learn practical life skills and lose their nature deficit disorder syndrome.
  • This valley has always been known for innovation. Why stop at information technology? What about innovation in urban land use?
  • We teach pre-school -college interns valuable life skills like:

building organics in soil,

growing your own food,

restoring nature,

promoting biodiversity,


learning the native grasslands,

building aquaponics,

Eating Native edibles,

Regenerative organic agriculture,

managing storm water,

sequestering carbon and

biogas diverters, etc.

  • We have a native plant nursery in central San Jose. We’ll help you replace your lawn with native plants. We have helped over 85 schools!
  • This is a teaching, training and research center where kids learn about systems that protect endangered species and ecosystems services. We don’t save one plant, we save the habitat (an ecological system whose thousands of species support each other through a network of beneficial microbiomes)

The habitat we have created here almost 20 years ago supports endangered species. If these gardens are bulldozed, a habitat is lost and the opportunity to show and teach children why we must preserve habitat in cities is lost.

  • The Middlebrook Center, the Eco-Village model can be the model of land use in cities. An urban farm and Native gardens surround all of our businesses working here. Can government agencies and funding institutions help us buy this land for a new model of urban development that can train and educate? That can teach our youth the specifics of how we shrink our carbon footprint so it’s a shadow???
  • using land this way in cities will solve the climate crisis, one city at a time. Grow the food where people live; preserve nature and biodiversity where people live. Meet human life cycle needs where people live! Don’t transport our food, our water, our waste, our energy.

    cover of our landlords site development permit to SJ planning department

Think: Fossil Fuel reduction!

Manage our human needs like a plant does, all in one place. We’ve been killing ourselves moving all our life cycle needs to us. Why not simplify our lives, mimic what our local microbes have been doing beneath our feet for millions of year while protecting our local ecology and meet our needs for food, water, soil, energy, air, waste recycling, right where we live. Why should our cities look different than our country?

The Earth has always managed its cycles of life by keeping systems in tact, but when these systems are disrupted by natural events, like fire, earthquakes, floods, etc., Earth also has a recovery plan to replace ecosystems that have been disturbed so Earth recovers quickly.

Gateway to San Jose’s first Eco-Village

It’s our turn to start doing this in cities where humans have disturbed natural systems the most! Think of our species as the ultimate disturber of natural ecosystems. We now understand the ecosystem approach to urban land management.

The cities of the future will look more like farms and the parks of the future will look more like nature. Then we will be doing what we are supposed to do: stewarding our planet for the perpetuation of biodiversity, and providing hope for our grandchildren who can play with all the bugs, and birds and reptiles that will still be here, after we’ve long been feeding the microbes in the soil six feet under. Cycle on…….

Keep sending letters of support! We hope to have at least 100 letters during this comment period. When you send your letter, you will receive a letter from the city. They will inform you of a public meeting where the community will have our opportunity to show why our landlord’s proposal should be denied and why the public agencies should invest in a new kind of urban open space!! You are a resident of California, you vote and pay taxes.

Write to: [email protected] and send a copy to [email protected] to speak out!

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