Our Mission

The Julian Community Heritage Foundation (JCHF) was founded to preserve the history of the community of Julian and to promote the quality of life of persons of all ages living, working, and visiting this community. Read more about our mission and on-going efforts HERE

Town Square Project

The Julian Community Heritage Foundation has been actively working on a new initiative for the development of the corner lot on Main St. and Washington St. Our vision is the creation of a Julian town square and would serve as a community park & outdoor amphitheater. Julian town square will be an epicenter of art, theater and community gatherings.

Get Involved

You can help by contributing to our pledge-drive and sharing this information. This community driven project has been years in the making and various individuals, as well as organizations have been working very hard on making it a reality for our community. Anything you can pledge would be greatly appreciated. DONATE NOW...

HISTORY IN THE MAKING!

This is your opportunity to forever be part of a community project that will last into the ages. Visit our GoFund Me page to donate now.

Donations of $300 or more will have a dedicated name plaque on our donor wall at the town square site.

You can also donate via PayPal or send your checks to:

PO Box 1432 - Julian, CA 92036.

Make check out to Community Action, Service and Advocacy (CASA). Please write Julian Town Square Project on check memo.

 

$600,000 GOAL

$100K received from NRP grant

$50K pledged by Bob Schultz & Mike Peckham

More than 100 other individuals & organizations pledged

Why a Town Square?

A town square is usually found in the heart of a community & is an epicenter for gatherings & community events such as open markets, music concerts, theater and the arts. It's a centrally located town space for people to gather.

The corner lot on Julian Main Street and Washington is the perfect location for the establishment of a a town square for Julian. We believe it is the most forward thinking development strategy for the empty lot, wish will benefit our community and enhance our town. 

With your donations and support, we look forward to transforming the "corner lot" into our very own Julian Town Square park.

For far too many years now, the corner lot on Main St. and Washington St. has remained a barren & empty space.  Our community has watched the years pass by while this beautiful & strategically located property remains unused. We believe it's time to change that and we need your help to make it happen.

The Julian Community Heritage Foundation has introduced a new initiative for a community park & outdoor amphitheater.

A town square will help enhance & beautify Main Street. It will also help enhance our historical appeal & provide a public space for people to gather. We'll use the space for farmers market/art & gift fairs,  open air performances - music & theater & other community events. We look forward to transforming this empty lot into a beautiful community space that will benefit us all.

Much has been accomplished since we first announced the town square project earlier this year:

- Chevron donated $10,000 seed money.

- Preliminary lot designs have been approved in concept by both the Planning Group & ARB.

- Supervisor Diane Jacobs provided $100K in county NRP grant funds (Neighborhood Reinvestment Program).

- Local development owners, Bob Schultz and Mike Peckham are negotiating the purchase of the lot and pledged $50K

- Over 100 individuals & organizations also pledged for a total of over $190K pledged so far in less than a year. DONATE NOW

ACCOLADES

All donors, no matter what the amount will be recognized on our web-site donor page. Other donation options include a tree plaque, bench plaque & a prominently displayed plaque on the water tower. Your donations will be going towards the purchase of the lot, as well as developments costs for the proposed town square design. Below are all of the available donation tiers and corresponding accolades:

 

Name Plaque

$300

Tree Plaque

$5,000

Bench Plaque

$10,000

Tower Plaque

$100,000

PROPERTY TIMELINE

We put together an illustrated time-line depicting the property history dating back to 1910.

PROJECT BACKSTORY

The Julian Community Heritage Foundation started as a volunteer effort towards creating a Town Square for our historic town of Julian. It has been in the works for many years now. Various individuals and organizations have already contributed to the project and our collective efforts have so far raised well over $190,000. We have presented the plans to Dianne Jacob, our San Diego County Board of Supervisors Representative, and she is also supporting the project. We are working with the Architectural Review Board to ensure we are in compliance with historic district building guidelines.

Our immediate goal is to raise the necessary funds to purchase the vacant lot. Read More...

 

JCHF

2017 has been recognised as the International Year of Sustainability Tourism for Development by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. The resolution, adopted on 4 December, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.

I was compelled to write this article after seeing a recent Facebook post about the start of the turkey hunting season. It surprised me to see so many people's reactions against the activity.

I get it from my wife too, who I love very much, so I'm sympathizing. I love animals & nature more than most & it’s one of the reasons why we moved up to North Peak. This region represents some of the most pristine & bio-diverse areas of our county.

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"Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society's use of the Earth's natural resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet. Proponents of sustainable living aim to conduct their lives in ways that are consistent with sustainability, in natural balance and respectful of humanity's symbiotic relationship with the Earth's natural ecology and cycles. The practice and general philosophy of ecological living is highly interrelated with the overall principles of sustainable development."

Sustainable Lifestyles

Lifestyles define us. They way we live our lives, what we do, with whom, where & how. This includes everything from the food we eat and how we interact with others to the way we get around. Lifestyles also define our identity; we express our social position, political preferences and psychological aspirations to others through our lifestyles.

 

Unfortunately, a vast majority of the population these days are deliberately turning a blind eye to the disastrous consequences of unsustainable lifestyle choices.

We live in an intrinsically connected & globalized industrial world where our actions have very far reaching consequences, for both our species and the planet's eco-system.

Through the clothes we buy, the energy we use, the food we eat - even the simplest products we buy and use daily have been shown to leave an impact on our health, our environment, or our economy.

Every product we choose to buy into impacts our world through its creation, its distribution, its use and its disposal. Every dollar we spend is essentially a vote that helps perpetuate certain industries and business models that may not have humanities best interest at heart.

Most people likely never know or even care to see who they are impacting with their day to day purchasing habits & lifestyle choices. But they are out there, nonetheless, suffering – or thriving - based on our choices, actions and/or in-actions.

Because we live in such a global, profit-at-all-costs world, the number impacted is astounding – hard to grasp really. One detailed life cycle analysis of aluminum cans, for example, documents that;

Environmental Destruction

"In all, the production of an aluminum can requires over 60 different types of raw or processed materials and creates over 75 different types of pollutants. The material inputs and manufacturing equipment also have their own life cycle impacts."

And that's just an aluminum can. There are countless other examples that can be shown on many product and business processes out there.

One of the greatest tragedies today & a shocking example of our mass-consumerism run amuck is modern day slavery. Slavery & forced child slavery is very much alive and well in the world, and many unsuspecting consumers support the practice with their wallets. Because slave labor is often buried deep within supply chains and outsourced production facilities, we can only estimate the actual number of victims, but by all accounts there are more slaves today than at any other point in history.

The latest estimates by the International Labor Organization state that nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labor--and a significant amount of this suffering is fueled by every day products available on American shelves. These unfortunate souls are producing the material goods that are in your apartment, mining for the precious metals in your electronic devices, or cultivating and harvesting the food that you buy at the grocery store and restaurants. All so that you can get a good deal and manufacturers can achieve the highest margins of profit.

Never mind that these laborers are often women and children. Never mind that they are subjected to coercion and violence. Never mind that they never enjoy the fruit of their own labor, living in the most deplorable conditions imaginable. You might be supporting forced labor through your spending habits & lifestyle choices.

So choosing a sustainable lifestyle requires a lot of work, researching, rethinking and soul searching. We all want our homes protected, our neighborhoods unpolluted, a plentiful supply of safe drinking water and food – and knowing that our future is secure. And we want others to make choices that ensure we have these things.

Sustainable LifestylesLiving, of course, involves impacting others – all of life impacts others. But is our impact unnecessarily harmful – or is it based on a conscious choice which minimizes harm done and maximizes benefits?

Creating sustainable lifestyles means rethinking our ways of living, how we buy, what we consume and how we organize our daily lives. It is about transforming our societies and living in balance with our natural environment. All our choices and actions - whether at home or at work - on energy use, transport, food, waste and communication – contribute to sustainable lifestyles.

For sustainable lifestyles to be part of our cultures and societies and become part of our everyday lives, they must be enabled and developed at all levels, through the social and technical systems and institutions that surround us. These include efficient infrastructures, services and products, such as efficient public transport systems, and by individual choices and actions to help minimize the use of natural resources, emissions, wastes and pollution while supporting equitable socio-economic development and conserving the Earth’s life support systems within the planet’s ecological carrying capacity. (1)

Creating a sustainable lifestyle takes a lifelong commitment to learning, experimenting, exploring, & committing to increasingly sustainable practices. It's such a simple and natural principle yet tragically; we've forgotten these important natural laws to the detriment of just about every natural resource on the planet.

Alter Experiences LLC is dedicated to raising awareness about the need for these changes through our tourism model. We want our destination to be a platform for change towards a more sustainable and conservation oriented future for our planet earth.

(1) United Nations Environmental Programs

Dedicated to Julian, its citizens and visitors - Julian Community Heritage Foundation

Our story

The Julian Community Heritage Foundation is dedicated to the citizens of our beautiful county & we're committed to the betterment of our community. Our motivations are to serve America's finest city & ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

Jean Duffy JCHF President
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