Our community showed their support for the newest CLUCK effort, a community chicken coop to demonstrate responsible urban chicken-keeping. Through our Indiegogo campaign in February, we raised $1,250! With additional material donations from Habitat for Humanity Restore and Southern States, we’ll have a barn-raising soon! We’ll update you with the progress.
These 20 generous donors make the coop project possible. Thank you!
- Julie Foreman
- Billy Elliott
- Michael Pennell
- Kristi Durbin
- Sue Patten
- Mariana Marye
- Mimi Dean
- Rona Roberts
- Liz Knapp
- William Settles
- Tara Wilkins
- Timothy Yinger
- Miki Wright
- Tony Brusate
- Mary Arthur
- Steven Read
- Leah Brock
Seedleaf is an unconventional organization and Indiegogo is an unconventional platform for grassroots fundraising. Next up, we’ll be raising money for the SEEDS summer youth program. Watch for details coming soon!
Ryan asked me to write this article for the seasonal newsletter we mail out. If you’d like to get on our snail mail list, email me with your address: email@example.com.
Reflecting on 2013 and my past year as an Americorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), I am beginning to see that I’m an example of how Seedleaf grows a gardener. My job is to build Seedleaf’s capacity. In addition to the stipend Americorps provides, Seedleaf compensates me with professional development opportunities. Here are some of the ways I’ve learned and grown in 2013, in turn growing Seedleaf as an organization.
Volunteer management and grant writing workshops:
- Valuing data collection and tracking numbers to quantify our work
- Identifying grants and volunteers who can help write grants
- Writing and receiving my first grant and coordinating Indiegogo campaigns for youth cooking and gardening
Farming workshops and beginning farmer training:
- Planting, cultivating, and composting using permaculture and biodynamic processes
- Making friends with other small farmers
- Setting realistic expectations about growing organic food for markets
- Operating a farm business
- Writing Seedleaf Farms’ business plan, which revealed strengths and helped us focus on our mission
Food and justice conference and environmental education workshops:
- Remembering sacred traditions involving food that bring communities together
- Networking with other food and environmental non-profits
- Providing a learning space for all
- Recognizing our interdependence in the global food web
- Practicing techniques that work with nature to benefit all
Education runs throughout all of our programs. Seedleaf 101 attendance numbers increase each month, evidence that our community is hungry to learn how they can get involved. Some of my favorite memories are from our summer camps where children explored the wonders of a garden. I have been learning how to guide these gifts of open minds and willing hands. I can sum up my past year of service as learning a little more, so we can do a little more, and do it a little bit better. I’m grateful to be a student and a teacher.
Please save the date–March 29th 10am-noon. We are planning to demonstrate two different methods of inoculating logs with mushroom spores. Space is limited, so please RSVP ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is more info:
What: Mushroom Workshop
Where: 330 Georgetown Place
When: 10am March 29th
Cost: $35 to take an inoculated log home; $10 to watch and learn
(All proceeds from this workshop will help us with the cost of the permaculture installation on site at 330 Georgetown Place!)
We’re excited to share the work of Kate Horning, a talented and kind chef who partnered with Seedleaf to teach easy and healthy recipes at Soup’s On! Her new book, Healthy Living Redefined will be available on April 7, but you can pre-order yours on Amazon.
$1 from every book sold will be donated to support Kate’s passion of fighting childhood obesity through health and nutrition education.
On this snowy day, we’re planning and looking forward to summer’s bounty. Here’s Sara Constantine’s summary of how Seedleaf gave this neighborhood a boost by getting their garden started last spring.
Seedleaf and Ryan Koch have been instrumental to the creation of the Kenwick Victory Community Garden. We have a few experienced vegetable gardeners, but no one who was experienced with larger scale raised bed construction or community garden management. We did not know how to plan the layout and how to acquire the right materials. Ryan made it easy and very cost effective for us by making a plan that suited all our needs and our budget. Not only did he get all the materials delivered to our location (including wood, soil, tools, seeds, and transplants), he helped instruct our volunteers on build day. He also gave us great advice on managing our volunteers so we could maintain the garden ourselves. We have had a great first year with a beautiful community garden and lots of lovely vegetables and we have Seedleaf and Ryan to thank for it!
Seedleaf offers free half-hour consultations and affordable services to design, build, and advise your garden crew — large or small. Contact email@example.com for more information.