About this project
Edgemere Farm has been growing organic vegetables and hosting farmers markets for the community since 2013. Now it needs your help. Situated in Rockaway’s lower peninsula at 45th street, Edgemere Farm is in the heart of a community that continues to grow and needs fresh produce. Since its inception, Edgemere Farm has helped numerous families, children and senior citizens get the fresh food they need. We accept SNAP and are participants in the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program, we accept WIC checks for fruits and vegetables as well as regular WIC checks.
Last year, Matt & Justin of Citysticks Parlor decided to add another element to this amazing production: breakfast! Coined the Cowboy Corral, the duo makes a farm fresh belgium style waffle, an all organic egg hash featuring bread from a local baker and a green drink to boot.
In addition to its normal operations, in order to continue provide services such as these breakfasts and dinners, the farm needs a few improvements.
Your donation will fund the following projects:
1) Electricity. Thus far, a gas powered generator has been the source of power. By running electricity, we can build a cold storage unit to increase the longevity of the veggies we harvest. It will also allow us to have things as simple as lights and music during events to helping us run equipment much more efficiently, improving operations so we can serve more customers.
We have already connected with someone who can install the electrical pole that feeds the farm with power. We will have to dig a trench from the poles location close to the street, 50ft to where the electricity will be needed.
2) Fence, trellis and shade structure. For anyone that has been to a farm breakfast, you know how hot it can get in the middle of summer. Building a shade structure that covers the dining area, that can also be used as a trellis to grow fruit and vegetables on will be a win win for both you and the farm!
Farmer Matt has done all of the construction on the farm which includes building tool sheds, workshops and a walk in cooler! The plan for the shade structure is to place posts at intervals along the parameters of the dining area with a trellis that plants can grow up. This trellis will be used to secure a removal shade structure in the form of green leaf camo netting. During hot days the shade can come up and when its not needed we can remove it so plants get sunlight and we can see the starts at night during our farm dinners.
3) Installing another sink. It will be a better solution to our cleaning needs so to keep farm and food items separate.
We had a plastic portable sink that worked for a while but eventually broke down. We can buy something that is more stable and holds more water.
4) Resurfacing the ground/entry/“restaurant” space. Installing deco-granite will allow those with mobility needs to better enter the farm and will also improve the over-all look and drainage when it rains heavily.
Perhaps the biggest job of them all, we will need to remove everything from the dinging area, level it out and then cover it with approx 140 cubic feet of decomposed granite and then flatten it all out. Not an easy task, but when complete will provide a nice flat surface that will look nice and be easier for people to move around on.
5) Cosmetic elements such as painting the picnic tables and refinishing some of the surfaces and grills.
We have 8 picnic tables that have seen better days. We will need to sand them back and stain them to bring them back to life. It will be time consuming, but well worth it!
The farm stand reopens to the public in early May, so we need all of these projects completed by then.
Please help us keep the farm and good vibes alive! We need you, Rockaway needs you. Donate today!
Risks and challenges
Edgemere Farm has been expertly run by great urban farmers ready to solve difficult issues as in growing vegetables in a less than ideal environment. Their persistence and fortitude has shown that they are willing to go the extra mile in making dreams reality. The permit component of running electricity has already been approved. The cold storage unit has been partially installed into the shipping container. The rest is just a test of will and strength, and we shan't be defeated!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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