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This children's picture book tells the tale of a hard-working girl and a golden seed who bring unity to a divided garden.
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Can you help us STRETCH THE GOAL!

Can you help the garden get bigger? We decided to Stretch the Goal again. If we raise another $1750 ($6000 in total) - we will be able to donate more books into the hands of children and classrooms. Plus everyone who pledges will get a postcard with the cover of Planting Hope on it. 

We hope this book will inspire others to take action and have a positive impact on their communities.

Planting Hope tells the tale of a hard-working girl and a golden seed who bring unity to a divided garden. This whimsical story, written and illustrated by kids for kids, represents how PORCH (People Offering Relief for Chapel Hill-Carrboro Homes) has planted a seed that has nourished an entire community. PORCH is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization using monthly neighborhood food drives as a way of uniting thousands of neighbors in a shared mission of relieving local hunger in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina. We are “planting hope” that the book will encourage other communities around the nation to replicate the PORCH model. (Visit our Facebook Page to follow our activities)

One of the special things about this book is the way it was created. PORCH is all about collaboration, so we partnered with two dynamic teaching artists, Susie Wilde and Peg Gignoux. Over the course of many months, they guided 30 children, ages 5-12, in an ESL classroom and a community center as they wrote and illustrated this beautiful book. Writer Wilde’s highly interactive progression of literacy activities led children from reading to pre-writing, through drafting, and into revising and editing their story. Textile artist Gignoux led a series of design sessions in which kids collaborated on art activities including sketching, dyeing cloth, and printing patterns. They then “drew with scissors” as they cut and layered their materials into vibrant collages developing setting, characters, and supporting details.

Planting Hope will be a 32-page full color 8 X 10 hardcover book - great for any age. This creative process has been generously supported by our community. So far we have raised $21,000. We need just $3,000 more to help cover the printing costs for 500 full-color hardcover copies of this book. Any additional funds will allow us to donate copies to libraries, schools, and our young writer-illustrators. Our goal is to get this book into the hands of children, adults, and communities across the country. Our dream is that the book will plant hope and inspire action to all who read it!

In addition to supporting this wonderful project - we have some treasures from our garden to share with you. The rewards for nurturing Planting Hope range from recipes, PORCH car magnets, signed copies of the book all the way to donations of 50 copies of Planting Hope to classrooms, libraries and more. Please look at the different levels of support and goodies available.A 

Great Story about PORCH and Planting Hope in Carolina Parent:

 http://www.carolinaparent.com/CP/Three-Ordinary-Women-Fight-Hunger-in-Triangle/

STRETCH THE GOAL! 

Can you help the garden get bigger? We decided to Stretch the Goal. We will be able to donate more books into the hands of children and classrooms. Plus everyone who pledges will get a postcard with the cover of Planting Hope on it.

If we hit $4250: ACHIEVED!!!!!!

We will now be able to donate a copy of Planting Hope to the 20 public school libraries in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community.

If we hit $6000:

We will donate a copy of Planting Hope to our 12 food pantry partners, the 2 public libraries in Carrboro-Chapel Hill Community and we will donate 6 books to Book Harvest, our Well Fed, Well, Well Read.

If we hit $7500:

We will donate 3 books to each of our PORCH Communities for a total of 21 books

If we hit $9000:

We will donate 20 more books to Book Harvest, our Well Fed, Well Read Partner.

If we hit $10,000:

We expand our order to 750 copies!

AND

We will donate 10 more books to Book Harvest, our Well Fed, Well Read Partner.

Risks and challenges

Updated: Before this Kickstarter we were just $3000 away from printing and we needed your help. We are fortunate to have all the funds raised to get us through the creative process of the book and more than half of the funds raised to go to print! The story, artwork, and book design have been completed. The specs have been shared with the printer - and the printer has told us we could have the books in November! The quick response and pledges have shown that Planting Hope will go to print!

Thank you!

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    Golden Seed

    Thank you for planting a golden seed.

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    Seedling

    Thank you for planting a seedling. Not only we will send a thank you through our social media- we will send you five (5) delicious recipes from PORCH Cooks Recipe Book.

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    Sprout

    Thank you! Our garden loves sprouts. In addition to the social media thank you and the recipes we will send you one copy of Planting Hope - anywhere in the US. Enjoy!

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    • PDF of five delicious recipes from our PORCH Cooks Recipe Book
    • One Copy of Planting Hope (free US shipping)
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    Young Plant

    Thank you for planting a young plant. In this reward, we will not only send you a book, but we will send a book to any classroom or library in the US. You can choose or we will select the site for you. And we will make sure to add a donation label with your name.

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    • A thank you on PORCH's social media
    • PDF of five delicious recipes from our PORCH Cooks Recipe Book
    • One Copy of Planting Hope (free US shipping)
    • One donated book (free US shipping)
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    Mature Plant

    Thank you! In this reward, we will not only send you a book but we will send two books to any classroom or library in the US. You can choose or we will select the site for you. And we will make sure to add a donation label with your name.

    Includes:
    • A thank you on PORCH's social media
    • PDF of five delicious recipes from our PORCH Cooks Recipe Book
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    • Two donated books (free US shipping)
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    Vegetable Plant

    Thank you! In this reward, we will not only send you a book but we will send three books to any classroom or library in the US. You can choose or we will select a site for you. And we will make sure to add a donation label with your name. We will also send you a PORCH car magnet to show how much we appreciate your help in the garden.

    Includes:
    • A thank you on PORCH's social media
    • PDF of five delicious recipes from our PORCH Cooks Recipe Book
    • One Copy of Planting Hope (free US shipping)
    • Three donated books (free US shipping)
    • PORCH Car Magnet
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    Garden

    You have planted a garden - thank you! In this reward, we will send you two signed copies of Planting Hope by the founders of PORCH. We will also send 8 books to any classroom or library in the US. You can choose or we can choose the site. And we will make sure to add a donation label with your name. We also have a PORCH grocery bag to send your way.

    Includes:
    • A thank you on PORCH's social media
    • PDF of five delicious recipes from our PORCH Cooks Recipe Book
    • PORCH Car Magnet
    • Eight (8) Donated Books (free US shipping)
    • PORCH Reusable Grocery Bag
    • Two signed books by PORCH co-founders (free US shipping)
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    Community Garden

    Thank you for planting a community garden. In this reward, we will send you two signed copies of Planting Hope by the founders of PORCH. We will also send 18 books to any classroom or library in the US. You can choose or we can choose the site. And we will make sure to add a donation label with your name. We also have a PORCH grocery bag and t-shirt to send your way.

    Includes:
    • A thank you on PORCH's social media
    • PDF of five delicious recipes from our PORCH Cooks Recipe Book
    • PORCH Car Magnet
    • PORCH Reusable Grocery Bag
    • Two signed books by PORCH co-founders (free US shipping)
    • 18 donated books (Free US Shipping)
    • PORCH T-shirt
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    Harvest

    Thank you for this bountiful harvest! You have helped us to ensure that we will be Planting Hope this year! In addition to all the rewards offered previously, we will be shipping 50 donated copies to any school or library of your choice. Susie Wilde will also provide a one-hour video session on writing children's books.

    Includes:
    • A thank you on PORCH's social media
    • PDF of five delicious recipes from our PORCH Cooks Recipe Book
    • PORCH Car Magnet
    • PORCH Reusable Grocery Bag
    • PORCH T-shirt
    • 50 donated books (free US shipping)
    • One-hour video session with book writer Susie Wilde
    • Two signed books by PORCH co-founders (free US shipping)
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