50 teens. 1/2 acre of land. 4 month growing season. 1 awesome way to keep low-income youth busy, healthy and employed.
check out our blog for daily updates: www.youthfarmers.blogspot.com
*WE"RE ALMOST AT OUR MINIMUM GOAL!! THANKS EVERYONE! If you'd still like to support the garden, and be a part of this circle of awesome donors, please do. Anything we raise over the goal will go straight into the project, allowing us to build more raised beds, plant more fruiting trees and bushes, and lay a firm foundation for a successful year round farm!* THANK YOU!! *
Our project is pretty simple: we are going to teach 50 teens how to grow, market, and sell their own organic produce. At the end of the summer, the profit will be split between all the teen farmers.
Are you thinking
"How are they even remotely qualified to pull this off?" (Good Question, Y'all!)
Tam was a killer salesperson in the advertising industry before coming into the youth employment biz, and has been an entrepreneur since her first play dough business at age 8.
Katrin is a certified teacher, and grows some of the most amazing Valencia tomatoes ever. She paid her way through college as a landscaper and every summer she feasts on organic veggies grown in her own North Portland garden.
As for buy-in, our local community is 100% behind us, providing the land, the water and general cheerleading skills. But, we still need some cold hard cash to get this thing off the ground - literally "seed money".
We need a minimum of $1685 to cultivate the whole 1/2 acre for 4 months.
This includes equipment rental, replacing diseased trees on the property, repairing and replacing existing structures, tools, starters, organic fertilizer, bio-degradable packaging materials (for the Farmer's Market) and covering our booth fee for the Summer Tualatin Farmer's Market.
The space made available to us is currently somewhat jungle like - but we see a jungle of potential and believe that using this space we can teach our Child Army how to make choices that are thoughtful, and come from a concern for sustainability and minimizing the impact of our actions on our local resources.
check out our blog for pics, and daily updates. http://youthfarmers.blogspot.com/
Please help us pull off this plan - every dollar helps. $1 buys three seed packets, $4 buys a pair of gloves, $10 will get us a produce basket from our local thrift store, $50 will make it possible to rent a wood chipper for the afternoon...
Anything we raise that goes over the goal amount will go towards building more beds, and providing infrastructure for the Farm's year round success.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $1,685 goal
seconds to go
May 19, 2010 - Jun 19, 2010
Pledge $1 or more
EVERYONE THAT DONATES WILL NOW HAVE a PLANT NAMED AFTER THEM! nothing fancy, just a little tag, but it will remind us to be grateful, all throughout the season.
Pledge $10 or more
thankful thoughts + blog mention + one of a kind freakin' sweet handmade postcard from one of teen farmers.
Pledge $20 or more
thoughts+blog mention+postcard+ two mailings of our Supa Fresh Newsletter filled with all sorts of tomfoolery and hijinks (and, perchance, recipes?).
Pledge $50 or more
thoughts+blog mention+postcard+ 2 x Supa Fresh News + Wicked Awesome Stickers & Packet of heirloom seeds...GROW with US : )
Pledge $100 or more
thoughts + blog mention + 2 x Supa Fresh News + Stickers + Seeds + Farmer Bandana! I know! it's too much! How can we afford to do this? insane.
Pledge $250 or more
thoughts + blog mention + 2 x Supa Fresh News + Stickers + Seeds + Farmer Bandana + ....wait for it..... 2 homemade bottles of awesome simple syrup for your drink mixes (boozy or not). made from produce on our farm!