Justin and friends are starting up an exciting project here in Portland and are looking for a bit of help with initial costs. Can you spare a few dollars that will go to feeding the neighborhood with organically grown produce? Their idea just might become an inspiration and spread like wildflowers throughout the land.
Hi I’m Justin Kertson. I live in Portland, Oregon with my wife and two teenage kids, and I helped start a small group called the Cascadian Neighborhood Farm Guild. Our vision is turn people’s yards into organic gardens and edible forests that will create community within neighborhoods, help make neighborhoods self-sufficient, and provide an excess of food that can be given to those who are in need.
By contributing to this campaign you are not only helping us transform people’s yards into gardens. You are also helping create sustainable communities, and you are helping feed people who are economically displaced and can’t afford to eat quality, fresh organic produce.
What We Need & What You Get
In order to get our first urban farm up and running we need to raise money to get the resources needed to create and build the farm. We need seeds, plants, and soil; additional tools like shovels, saws, garden hoes, hoses, and wheel barrels; things like rain barrels, chickens, beekeeping equipment, and materials to build a chicken coop and run, garden boxes, a greenhouse or cold frames, etc. The expenses quickly add up, even for just one standard suburban residential property. Neither I nor anyone else will profit monetarily in anyway from this fundraiser. 100% of the money raised goes to build and maintain the gardens that will build community and feed people in need.
Those who donate to the campaign will receive one of a variety of Cascadia themed gifts ranging from stickers to hats to flags as a token of our deepest gratitude for your help in getting this project off the ground. No matter how much you give, you’ll have the pleasure of knowing you have people with food security issues get quality, fresh, local, organic food.
In the event that we do not reach our fundraising goal, any money that has been donated will still go towards the project. We will get what we can with whatever we have, and we will accomplish as much as we can given whatever funds we are able to obtain. Not reaching our goal may mean our timeline has to change as we find other ways of acquiring resources, but it doesn’t mean the project will not go forward.
By donating to this campaign you are not helping an entrepreneur start their company or invent some new product. You are helping to build community, sustainability, and self-reliance within neighborhoods. You are helping fight against food insecurity by helping to provide quality and nutritious food to those in need. You are not just helping another business venture, you are helping to improve neighborhoods and in our city, and you are making a difference in the lives of people who need it the most.
Other Ways You Can Help
Even if you can’t give money, you can help spread the word by using the indiegogo share tools post the links to this campaign in your social media.