Walnut and Daisy Micro-farm (2017-Now)
On May 1st, 2018, the City of Santa Ana entered into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with THRIVE for the vacant lot at 1901 W. Walnut St., a 16,000 square-foot parcel surrounded by commercial, residential, and industrial zones. THRIVE has undertaken this opportunity with great commitment, fulfilling its due diligence with the City of Santa Ana while reaching out to neighborhood residents to guide the development process. Gathering over 10 years of experience in resident-led needs assessments in Santa Ana, THRIVE once again partnered with researchers and local residents to implement a survey door-to-door, asking about both neighborhood needs and existing assets. A Community Art Festival was held at the Walnut and Daisy site on April 8th, 2018, to share survey findings with residents. By May 31st, working both with local residents and the City, THRIVE submitted to the City the intended use for the site: a community microfarm, building on extensive neighborhood knowledge about plants, farming, and food. THRIVE continues to engage and train neighborhood residents to learn about the development process and take lead roles in the project. Bringing together this resident-led initiative with the support of experienced developers, THRIVE has submitted a site-plan, proforma, environmental and preliminary title reports, and looks forward to finalizing a DDA with the City.