project leader
Charlie H
location
1649-1799 Weston Avenue
(Niagara Falls)
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the project

Project Green Space has been rehabilitating an empty lot on Weston Ave since summer 2016 to build a community garden. In an attempt to revitalize neighborhoods, we will continue to work with many different organizations to tackle quality of life issues pertaining to food deserts in Niagara Falls. We will raise the awareness of community members surrounding food deserts including education on gardening, recycling, and bringing new life to empty spaces.

Project Green Space will not only bring food to our community, it will build community relations and self-sufficiency. Over the past summer, our program also built in a crucial component of workforce development for youth. We employed 6 youth during the summer months to plan, deisgn, build, plant, landscape, and decorate the lot on Weston. They have dubbed it the "Dream Garden" and made truly inspiring progress.

Our aim now is to keep this program going throughout the year and to open it up to 4 more youth, for a total of 10 Project Green Space Youth Advocates learning and working on the garden and other community improvement projects year round. During the winter months, they will continue to build their knowledge and skills through workshops, field trips, and service work. Our enthusiastic and creative youth also have plans to create a musical about their experience gardening and build a statue from recycled items. We are open to where more of this work takes us and want to be able to tell these youth that the sky is the limit for what they can create in this space! 

the steps

  1. Continue upkeep work on the current lot until weather no longer allows.
  2. Hire 4 more youth advocates. 
  3. Take field trips to Mass Ave Proejct in Buffalo, other farms to expand knowledge and experience.
  4. Host series of workshops throughout winter in partnership with Field & Fork Network and Cornell Cooperative.
  5. Continue writing and practicing the Dream Team musical, hopefully to perform in spring. 
  6. Build and paint a fence and benches using recycled objects.
  7. Prepare the garden for the next growing season in spring 2018.
  8. Continue evolving and planning new garden ideas as we go!

why we're doing it

Project Green Space addresses both issues of blight in the built environment and food access issues. We will do this by rebuilding and beautifying a vacant space, and by providing and educating people with healthy food. We also hope to empower youth by helping them develop and hone their skills & abilities through hands-on and engaging community work. 

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budget

Item

Expected Cost

Funding Amount

PPWNY

CHNFC

IOBY

Other/Notes

Wheelbarrows

$140

(2 @ $70 each)

 

 

$140

 

Fence materials

$500

 

 

$500

Possible donation from Home Depot, help from Isaiah 61

Field trips

$1,000

(5 trips @ $200 each)

 

$1,000

 

Collaborations with MAP, Grassroots, in-kind transportation from Cameron

Fence materials

$360

 

 

$360

Possible donations from Home Depot

Mics and speakers

$400

 

 

$400

 

Workshop facilitator fees

$1,000

$400

 

$600

Collaborations with Field & fork, CCE, Grassroots

Healthy food and snacks

$900

$200

$300

$400

Possible donations from Tops, Wegmans

Youth stipends

$10,800

$5,000

 

$5,800

 

Plants

$300

 

 

$300

Possible donations from city, NBC

Movable Stage

$500

 

 

$500

Possible help from Boy Scouts, Isaiah

Purchase of Weston lot

$1,000

 

 

$1,000

 

PGS Celebration and events

$800

 

 

$800

 

T-shirts and incentives

$450

 

$250

$200

 

SUBTOTALS

 

$5,600

$2,350

$11,000

 

TOTAL

$18,950

 

 

 

 



SUBTOTAL = $11,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
Donation Processing Fee of 3%  $330
TOTAL TO RAISE = $11,365

 

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donors

  • Niagara Falls National Heritage Area
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Emily
  • Auntie Hotpants
  • Kara
  • Anonymous
  • SamikaandLegend
  • T. Brockman
  • Taqueria Fundraiser
  • Anonymous
  • Ms. Dycia
  • Anonymous
  • Lynne Neveu
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Indigo Project
  • Margaret Topor
  • Colleen Low Larkin
  • Jeffery Williams
  • Sean Drennan
  • Brandie Brown
  • Lighthouse International
  • Liam
  • James H.
  • Amber Rowlett
  • Jeff & Shelley Hirshberg