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Please join us in the restoration of the nursery at Grimal Grove, a legendary tropical fruit grove on Big Pine Key.
Please join us in the restoration of the nursery at Grimal Grove, a legendary tropical fruit grove on Big Pine Key.
31 backers pledged $3,730 to help bring this project to life.

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Grimal Grove is a historic fruit tree botanical collection located on Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys. Adolf Grimal, a legendary local personality who was known for his dedication to tropical fruit exploration and the engineering of his water management and conservation, planted the grove in the 1950s. After Grimal’s death, the property fell into the derelict conditions of squatters and the fruit trees disappeared into a thicket of overgrown invasive plants.

The Growing Hope Initiative, an organization dedicated to alleviating hunger and homelessness through education and promotion of locally grown organic food, made the restoration of Grimal Grove a priority in 2011. Since their involvement began, the property has seen drastic improvements in the management of invasive plants and the restoration of the health of these rare tropical fruit trees. There are currently over 60 fruit tree species planted, supplying the local community with a dynamic educational opportunity to learn about the vast species diversity that can grow in the Florida Key’s tropical climate. This is only the beginning of the development of Grimal Grove as a epicenter of culture related to the arts, sustainability, and a thriving local community. 

 This kickstarter campaign will provide the Growing Hope Initiative with the funds needed to begin producing organic produce that will be made available to the local community. As the only property in the keys with agricultural zoning, this is a huge opportunity to create an organic production farm that is needed here in the keys. Your support will help build a shade house for plant propagation, provide materials for the fall and spring planting, and ensure a stipend for a local farmer to manage the food production on site. The organic food produced will be available at local grocery stores, restaurants, and markets.   

Risks and challenges

There are always risks with farming. Pests, disease, storm events, and other problems are likely to arise. Fortunately, the Growing Hope Initiative, which recently purchased the property where Grimal Grove is located, is totally dedicated to their vision for this project. This dedication is what is going to ensure the long-term success of the food production program at the Grove.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    With your donation of $25, you will receive a stack of 5 greeting cards with prints of watercolors by tropical fruit artist and designer Erica Klopf

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    With your donation of $50, you will receive the new album release of Scythian, an astounding blue grass band whose fiddle/basist, Joe Crosby, sits on the Growing Hope Board of Directors, a stack of 5 greeting cards.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    With your donation of $100, you will receive a signed tropical fruit print of your choice by tropical fruit artist and designer Erica Klopf. The CD and a stack of cards. You can view the prints at www.ericalynnklopf.weebly.com/tropical-fruit-watercolors.html

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    With your $500 donation, you will join Grimal Grove as a founding member, permanently recognized on the founding members plaque at the Grove. Grimal Grove members receive updates on activities, invites to special events, and access to join us at the Grove anytime. With your Grimal Grove membership, you also receive all of the rewards listed above.

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