Help us convert a school bus into a mobile, sustainable farm to be used for educational purposes around the state and region!
As part of the Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi (www.ggsim.org), an exciting new non-profit already doing some great things around the state, we will be working with a group of recent graduates of the Mississippi School of Math and Science on an exciting new project right here in Oxford, MS. We will be converting a school bus to biodisel and then turning it into a sustainable "farm on wheels" - a rolling greenhouse, chicken coop and more that will serve as an educational outreach tool for Gaining Ground throughout Mississippi and the south. Other features include a solar array on the hood of the bus, worm tea and compost bins and a rainwater catchment system that will be used to irrigate our plants once the greenhouse roof is installed. School children will benefit from the ability to see and experience models of sustainability, learn about growing/raising their own food and hopefully inspire the next generation to rethink their relationship with and obligation toward caring for our environment.
The project has already begun, and it is our hope to get as much done as we can in the month of June. In July, the team will be taking the bus on the road cross-country to test it out and spread the word about what Gaining Ground is doing in our state before returning to Mississippi for the start of the 2011-2012 school year. They will be blogging during their trip and visiting schools and organizations along the way. Follow them at www.msmobilefarm.com!
Please consider supporting this project and help us get our farm on the road! Donate today! Every dollar makes a difference ...
All donations are tax deducible.
Even though we didn't reach our goal on Kickstarter, how can I support the project and make sure it succeeds?
Thank you so much for your support and pledge to the Mississippi Mobile Farm on Wheels Project via Kickstarter. The boys had a successful test trip around the country, presenting on sustainable energy and renewable resources to schools and summer camps along the way, and are now back in Mississippi. Unfortunately, though we did raise almost $3,000 we did not reach our set goal and the way Kickstarter works is that if we do not raise all of it, we get none of it.
As you know, every little bit makes a big difference and now that the bus has made it back from its cross-country trip running on solar power and waste vegetable oil we are anxious to move forward with Phase II (which is to transform it to a mobile farm by installing a greenhouse roof, rainwater catchment system, indoor garden and more!). We sincerely hope that you would consider sending a check for the amount that you initially pledged to the Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi (see address below). We are a non-profit so all donations will be tax-deductible.
Once completed, the bus will benefit children and students all over Mississippi by providing an opportunity to see and experience models of sustainability, learn about growing/raising their own food and hopefully inspire the next generation to rethink their relationship with and obligation toward caring for our shared environment.
Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi
c/o MS Mobile Farm Project
P.O. Box 1605
Starkville MS 39760
Visit us at one of our upcoming stops on the "Mississippi Tour" before we hit the road cross-country ...
Thursday, 7/7, Jackson, MS @ Rainbow Coop for Fondren After 5 (5-8 PM)
Saturday, 7/9, Starkville, MS @ Community Market (9-10 AM)
Saturday, 7/9, Moss Point, MS @ Pascagoula River Audobon Center (4-6 PM)
Monday, 7/11, Hattiesburg, MS @ Sunrise Garden Center (10-11 AM)
Monday, 7/11, Oxford, MS @ Powerhouse (7-9 PM) w/ performances by Blackbird Hour and Silas Reed & Da Books
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Personal thank you email from the team and a chance to vote on the name of the bus!
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Personal thank you on the project blog and DVD of the completed project!
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Year-long membership to Gaining Ground and a Gaining Ground t-shirt!
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Conference Registration for two at the upcoming Gaining Ground Sustainability Conference in Ridgeland, MS February 25-26 and lunch with one of the project organizers.
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Organic cotton tote bag filled with locally produced food and crafts!
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Two tickets to a farm-to-table dinner hosted by a local organic farm!
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Name of business or organization on the bus as a sponsor and the opportunity to select a stop for the bus once completed at an area school, business or residence!
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