project leader
Leah M
location
East Outer Drive
(East English Village)
latest update rss
Almost There!

the project

Lawn Gone Food Farm, an urban, micro-farm on Detroit’s Eastside, grows healthy, local, chemical-free fruits and vegetables “IN the city, FOR the city.”  We sell our produce through Grown in Detroit and share it through partnerships with community organizations.  In addition to feeding folks delicious food, we work with other growers towards a food secure and food sovereign city; cultivate healthy communities; teach about food, faith and justice; and serve as a model for how others might transform their yards into food gardens.

This spring we’ve prepared beds, propagated transplants, installed drip irrigation, and are cultivating early season crops, which are maturing nicely!   Soon we will begin to harvest and the process of post-harvest handling – when we CLEAN, CRISP and COOL the produce.  Currently, our infrastructure (sinks, tables, refrigeration) is functional, yet limited.  We need your help to scale-up and right-size this part of our operation with appropriate equipment.

Funds raised through this campaign will enable us to:

1.) build a wash/pack (sinks and tables for cleaning, crisping and packing produce), and

2.) convert a 5’ x 8’ enclosed trailer into a refrigerated space (called a “Coolbot”) on wheels for storing and transporting our produce. 

Having adequate washing and storage spaces will allow us to work more efficiently AND to keep food for the consumers safe and fresh.  Produce cleaned, stored and transported at proper temperatures is safer, tastes better and lasts longer. We hope this will make those eating our produce happier!

 

the steps

  1. Purchase equipment and construction materials.
  2. Construct wash/pack station.
  3. Convert trailer (preferably a used one) into a refrigerated unit by installing insulation, air conditioning unit and “Coolbot”.
  4. CLEAN, CRISP and COOL that produce!
  5. Share and sell our safe, fresh, high-quality produce.

 

 

why we're doing it

We believe that everyone deserves the right to eat healthy, local, naturally-grown fruits and vegetables that are safe, delicious and of the highest quality – and we are called to work to that end.  Installing and utilizing the right infrastructure for post-harvest handling will help us guarantee that our product meets these standards.

Additionally, we hope to create a model of rightly scaled, multiple-use, and affordably priced equipment that will reduce food-safety risks, increase production efficiency, and maximize financial investments. We hope to share what we learn in ways that will be mutually beneficial to other small-scale, urban growers.

 

budget

Wash/Pack Area:

 

Three Basin Stainless Steel Sink

$623.00

Packing Table

$220.00

 

Hand Washing Sink

$  90.00

Salad Spinner

$100.00

Scale   

$  80.00

Plumbing and hoses

$  33.00

Refrigerated Storage:

 

Trailer

$1,800.00

Coolbot          

$350.00

Window Air Conditioner

$400.00

Construction supplies (insulation, plywood, paint, screws, caulk, etc.)

 

$1,014.00

Cultivation Supplies:

 

Backpack Sprayer      

$92.00

Drip Irrigation Tape and Valves

$245.00

Subtotal:

ioby platform fee:

ioby payment processing fee:

Total:

 

$ 5046.00

$35.00

$152.00

$5233.00

 

updates

Almost There!

Hello Friends,

Wow!  You all responded - and quickly!  We are almost at the stated goal.  Not only is the goal achievable, I believe we can go beyond.  And, every dollar raised enables us to grow more food, feed more people, work for a food secure and food sovereign Detroit, and engage in efforts for justice within our food system. 

Thank you to each of you who has already given so generously.  Thank you for believing in us and for supporting our efforts to right-size our infrastructure so we can provide local, safe, healthy, high quality food for everyone.  We appreciate each of you so much!

With gratitude,

Leah

 

 

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Areeta B.
  • Anonymous
  • Michelle Kaiser
  • Man in Overalls
  • Sue Sides
  • Anonymous
  • Gretchen D
  • Matt Wehrly
  • Carol Herbert
  • Delle McCormick
  • Ron and Jackie
  • Sharon Cook
  • Linda S.
  • Eric T
  • Roy Williams
  • Karen C
  • Monique & Beth
  • Lisa and Claire
  • Mariel B.
  • Nurya L Parish
  • Anonymous
  • Jan & Chris
  • Curt Ackley
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous