'The Garden of Eatin' is run by a group of local chefs who are supplying local and affordable organic crop to the community.
Dan, Melissa, Yarrow and Erika started ‘The Garden of Eatin’ urban farm in Upper South Providence in 2011 to find new ways to grow high quality non-certified organic crops in a limited amount of urban space. We started out with a small test garden of just 10 beds with lumber that we found and repurposed. Our beds ranged in size and depth, allowing us to experiment with what works best in raised beds. We also built a hot box in hopes of being able to start our own seeds. After much difficulty with the hot box, we were eventually able to grow and plant our crop.
To our surprise, our garden flourished and produced more crop than our small group could consume. We began a small CSA program (Community Shared Agriculture) offering produce to our local community at a fraction of grocery store prices. Along with our CSA program, we held a farm stand and found new and creative ways to preserve our crop by making sauces, jellies, candles and soaps all from garden products!
As the 2011 season came to a close we realized that we wanted to do more in the community. We wanted to reach out and offer our CSA program to more community members; we decided to expand from 10 CSA's to 30+. In order to do this though we need a much bigger space. We were able to take over the adjacent garden lot which had been neglected to grow our small garden into an urban farm.
This fall and winter we have worked for countless hours removing over 3000 pounds of toxic lumber, trash and debris that were left behind. Then, with the help of a local saw mill, we acquired clean non toxic lumber. We primed and painted and set to building new beds.
At this time we stand at a cross roads and need your help through kickstarter to raise the funding needed to help us finish the construction of this urban farm. With your donations, we will be able to meet our goals of repairing the existing greenhouse to its original working order, including building a new air tight back wall and replacing many broken windows, building a rain water collection system, and updating our current compost bins to a completely rat proof system. With these things in place, we feel we will be able to successfully be able to grow our CSA program and farm stands to truly make an impact on our community.
We look forward to your support and updating you on how The Garden of Eatin Urban Farm is affecting a larger community in the upcoming season!!
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Jan 28, 2012 - Feb 27, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $10 or more
You will receive our heartfelt gratitde and a thank you on our "Facebook" page. Your name will be painted on the garden wall.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $25 or more
14 backers Limited (36 of 50 left)
Plus the above you’ll receive 3 free plants of your choice valued $5 or under at any ‘Garden of Eatin’ plant sale. (Out of state donations will receive periodic updates with photo postcards from the garden.)Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $50 or more
4 backers Limited (21 of 25 left)
Our heartfelt gratitude and a personal thank you on our facebook page, PLUS one cooking class of your choice at the ‘Garden of Eatin’. (Out of state donations will receive garden recipe cards on preserving the harvest!)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $100 or more
8 backers Limited (22 of 30 left)
Our heartfelt gratitude and a personal thank you on our facebook page, PLUS a ‘Garden of Eatin’ gift bag containing homemade jams, soaps and other item made from products of the 2012 growing season!!! (Will ship out of state, but please add $5 for shipping)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $400 or more
Along with our heartfelt gratitude and a personal thank you on our facebook page, you will receive a weekly CSA share….unfortunately this is for locals only. (Out of state will receive a garden gift bag along with a garden bed dedicated to them or a loved one!)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $600 or more
Our most prized gift!!You will receive a catered dinner for you and up to 4 friends at the garden. In addition, you will receive recognition on our facebook page as well as our gratitude. (Out of state givers will receive a large garden gift bag, a bed dedication, and Garden of Eatin recipe cardsEstimated delivery: Jul 2012