This is Martavious Odoms and I played wide receiver at the University of Michigan. I am giving back to my community of Pahokee, Florida so the kids and my community can have a better future. I have teamed up with Robot Hustle Crew to use technology tools to link Pahokee with the resources we need to be successful.
OUR GOAL: To plant a community garden and show the world that positive progress happens through teamwork. We are committed to improving our community, rebuilding, and making lasting changes that include sustainable economic development. Our community garden will create jobs and provide job training, as well as providing positive activities for the youth. Join us as we create a new future for Pahokee, Fl.
WHERE THE FUNDS GO: We are installing our garden with the help of Urban Greenworks of Miami who run five successful Miami urban gardens. The Miami gardens sell their products to local restaurants. We chose them because we want to become self-sustainable.
The Pahokee garden will be maintained by members of our community, who have already volunteered. All of Pahokee is behind this project and we are excited to get started. As a community we have met and decided what crops we would like to grow. We will make connections with regional farmers markets to sell our crop so that we can re-invest in our community.
Our goal is to be self-sufficient, and that our garden will yield enough crops to sell and to re-plant next year. We are also working on getting grants to develop the business aspects. One idea we have to bottle hot sauce from our peppers, thus giving people jobs and a chance to have a small business that is sustainable. We also want to have the kids of Pahokee participate in the blog and gardening projects so they can learn technology skills and teamwork skills to help them with their future.
OUR INSPIRATION: We believe in positive change through positive steps. What children see gives them an idea of what they can be. We want to share our vision with the world to prove things can get better when people care about their communities and work together.
At U of M, I learned so much. However, two of the most important things I learned was leadership and the importance of being a role model. I hope to pass along my knowledge and teachings from U of M to Pahokee by coordinating my community and recording how Pahokee is coming together in making positive changes for the future. The world is full of opportunities, and although sometimes it is a difficult journey, I know, just as in football, hard work and dedication produces positive results.
Watch as we move through each phase and create our garden space. We will share with you through an ongoing multi-media art blog (videos, photos, and writing) that details our progress as we work through our project. There will be a downloadable multi-media report at the end of the first growing season and we hope you share the information with everyone you know. Together we can make this happen. Positive moves Progress. We will transform Pahokee.
(All rewards shirts/hoodies are available in WOMENS and MENS and KIDS. You will get a survey on sizes and colors. Email us with color requests, generally everything is available in navy/yellow; yellow/ yellow; grey/blue; grey/ yellow; yellow/navy; black/white and pink/white. some available in black/gold. )
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