project leader
Priscilla A
location
455 Ralph Ave
(Crown Heights)
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the project

Organic Food for the People is an urban farm project offering organic herbs and produce to people in the historic Weeksville neighborhood of Brooklyn (Crown Heights, Bedstuy, Brownsville connection) who don't have access to affordable organic food. With the money we raise we will be able to continue on our course to transforming Tehuti Maat community garden into an urban farm growing organic food, including medicinal herbs. The money will go directly to purchasing the supplies and equipment necessary for sustainable building and growing, including a green house, composting area, outhouse, water conservation, irrigation and filtration systems.

Our team of volunteers have spent one year cleaning and rehabilitating this abandoned garden and working to develop a community of artists and activists through dynamic programing. Our RAWorkshops and open mics have provided educational resources and hands-on skills training including topics like food justice, health and nutrition. The programing is a significant piece to this project because it shows participants the importance of this work, allows them to be heard, develop skills and actively participate in the Organic Food for the People project.

the steps

Plan and organize volunteer team for upcoming projects. July 2017

Purchase materials. August 1, 2017

Neighborhood outreach. August 4, 2017

Secure raised beds with wood and barrier cloth. August 7, 2017

Composting project. August 8, 2017

Dig out and prep life garden at the entrance into the garden August 11, 2017

Dig out and prep womb garden in the center of the garden August 25, 2017

Build green house structure August 28+29, 2017

Prepare garden for winter. October 2017

Maintenance throughout winter

Begin organizing meetings and workshops March 2018

Purchase materials and plants March 2018

Community outreach March 2018

Begin planting seeds April 2018

Build and set-up rain conservation and irrigation system April 2018

Fill and plant in new beds and garden areas May 2018

Build outhouse May 2018

Build trellis system May 2018

Build pond June 2018

why we're doing it

We founded this organization to provide educational resources to inner city neighborhoods. We began this Organic Food for the People community garden project as a holistic solution to the health issues plaguing the community, including diabetes and obesity. Tehuti Maat garden is located in a food desert right in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. This opportunity to grow food and learn about nutrition, develop healthy eating habits, and hands-on farming and cooking skills, addresses the economic and health issues we face here. It is also a method of community organizing, empowerment and beautification.

This effort grew from the desire expressed by people at our community discussions to be able to provide basic day to day needs within the community. This is a movement for self-determination and food sovereignty. Through this community farm project, artists, activists and healers are coming together to grow and harvest organic foods in the garden, as well as provide a host of resources to holistically address the needs of people in the neighborhood.

budget



SUBTOTAL = 15,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $750
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $450
TOTAL TO RAISE = $16,235

40 cubic yards of soil - $1200
Compost and organic fertilizer - $1460
Chicken wire, lumber and hindges for compost bin - $125
Eco-paint for beautification and art workshops - $350
Farming tools - $500
Farming Equiptment - $1000
Supplies for water puification system - $350
Supplies for rain water conservation $400
Supplies for drip irrigation - $300
Green house building supplies - $350
Outhouse building supplies - $400
Seeds and plants - $2100
Pond water fixture - $1400
Maintenance - $300
Trellising system - $350
Outreach materials - $300
Workshop materials - $365
Facilitator Stipends - $800
Documentation (photo & video) stipend - $200
Food for workshops - $700
Project Director compensation - $2500

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donors

  • Melissa
  • Dana S.
  • R. Deda
  • R. Mohammed
  • Antoineta Ma'at Meekins
  • Rajas
  • Imani And Malcolm
  • Riana Wyatt
  • Tamika Albertini
  • Danny D.
  • Anonymous
  • Lars
  • Anonymous
  • Konan O.
  • Evan J.
  • Travis Basora
  • Anonymous
  • Spiritual Warrior Society
  • EE
  • Nilda Amado
  • Sa N Ausar Ra Geb Neferu Heru
  • Jacqui Jacques
  • Anonymous
  • Tchow
  • Installation B.