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Brandy L
(District 7 )
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the project

I grew up on Detroit's West Side and remember my dad putting us in the car to drive us way out to the suburbs to go to a pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin. It was so much fun, but it was so far away and hard to get to! And today, for many families in the inner city of Detroit, transportation is limited and it's still a challenge to go out to the suburbs to experience a pumpkin patch or cider mill.

Our vision is to bring a pumpkin patch experience to the children in the Detroit inner city that would not have the opportunity to experience it. And we need your help!

The event will take place October 21st on the West Side of Detroit.  Here's what we've got planned:

  • We will place Pumpkins throughout fields for children to go pick one and take home to make into a Jack-O'-Lantern and enjoy.
  • Donuts and Apple Cider are going to be served by neighbors and city officials.
  • Local farming organizations will give out information about the nutrients of the pumpkins, how to use the seeds to plant their own, and healthy recipes. 

Many of the schools are closed and this area schools are overpopulated. Through this event, we want to let the children know the community does care. We are inviting all local neighboorhood block club organizations to come out in order to let families know what is going on in their area and hopefully bringing the word neighbor back in the neighboorhood. 

the steps

  • Pay for the rental of the land. 
  • Contact the local farmer for the delivery of the pumpkins.
  • Place the order for the cider, donuts, and tent company.
  • Hold our event on Oct. 21st and have a great time!

why we're doing it

Nothing like this has ever been done in our area before. We are putting it next to a school that is overcrowded in a neighboorhood full of abandoned homes, drugs, crime, and empty lots.There is nothing going on in our area to give children a different experience than what is the norm. We want them to see people who want to make a difference in their lives and show them that we care. 

Many of these families do not have transportation to go out to the suburbs and experience a cider mill or get to pick a fresh pumpkin out of a patch. It is a great experience to learn about how to plant and grow a pumpkin of their own, how to use it for compost, and how they can cook it. This can help motivate families to look into planting fresh vegetables of their own as an option for the spring because there are no major grocery store chains in the area. 


Pumpkins $500.00 

Land Rental $35 per hour 

Donuts $300.00

Apple Cider and Cups $400.00 

Staging, Tents, tables  $ 700.00

SUBTOTAL = $2000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $60
TOTAL TO RAISE = $2095.00

disbursed budget:

RAISED = $825.00
less ioby Platform Fee  waived
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $24.03



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