i was looking on wikipedia at something that abby had brought to my attention yesterday when we bumped into eachother at the garden. the term is “social entrepreneurship” and i think everyone should look it up becasue it really defines our role as free farmers and how we relate to our community.
anyway, i read about this fundraising technique and thought it might work out for us. kickstarter will deffinitly help us out but this could help us make a big score of some sort. other people apparently have also used this technique for fundraising cash monies. Check it out- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_red_paperclip
also, if anyone else has any other ideas (specific grants or other techniques) I would love to discuss them.
i edited down the hose shots to 45sec., sped up the mapa little and remixed the audio… i have cut a little over a minuete of what we saw at the meeting… i after the 2nd video montage before the door opens im going to incorporate some of the harvest shots and potato collection to refill in that minuete with more “produc(e)”tion.
i have been humbled by my experiences at ash street. everything challenged me and my sense of what is possible is now unshakable. creating the site was an act of sheer will, of cooperation with each other, and what some call luck. the orchestra of crossed paths- people, materials and tools, and ingenuity all happened right on cue. we acquired space, roughed it in, grew a garden and it became beautiful. all the people that kept that garden alive over last summer did it to pay respects to all those who came last spring and volunteered the time that they could. it truly is a space created by many. the design of the garden happened rhythmically, with many voices laying stones into the ground. An environment to live in usually is not a choice but rather a force of powerful circumstances. I was their when people decided that they would work harder than they ever did in their lives to create a world in their likeness. it worked. against all odds, it worked. an environment that is built to bring in life, and to showcase the diversity of it. In my life the freshness of the memories are an escape like a head vacation I can go on recalling the vividness of it all. truly a human experience has been had?
This is the info needed on the flyer. Please make the websites stand out somehow. We need as many as possible, so quantity>quality I think. Please feel free to include that you donated the flyers to us as well. If you have any questions/comments/criticism, please let me know. We need these by October 1st if at all possible. Thanks so much! ~don
Just to make sure you’re all aware – our regularly scheduled Monday organizing meeting will take place tonight at 8:00 PM at Monster House. Bring a snack and a cooperative attitude! Edit: if you have agenda items for this meeting, please post a comment with them here.
NOTE – THE MEETING LOCATION HAS CHANGED FROM MONSTER HOUSE TO THE BFF WAREHOUSE ON ASH STREET!
This is the quarterly meetup with all the other groups that are with Fusion Partnerships. It is open to all Free Farmers. Great place to socialize all sorts of interesting people. We should bring a bottle of wine or so and something we prepare out of our garden. Salsa maybe?
I’ve created a tribe on tribe.net for organizing and planning ideas for Halloween. For security purposes, this is a private group. If you’re a BFF member and did not receive an invitation, or if you are not a BFF member but would like to be involved in planning/running this event, please send a working e-mail address to email@example.com and I will send you an invitation. If you’re not a BFF member, please also indicate what aspect of the event you wish to participate in(e.g. planning, props, storyline, etc.) or if you would like to perform or act in the haunted house portion of the event. Note that this is a volunteer-based event and anything you contribute will be re-payed in our undying affection and rotten tomatoes only.
Meeting scheduled tonight at Monster, 8pm. Please call if you can’t attend.
Some topics include
Kickstarter Video and Rewards discussion
Composting Workshop at the DIY Fest
We haven’t had a meeting in a few weeks due to everyone’s schedules changing for school and other things, tonight will be a test for Mondays to be our new night. Please try to make it.
More photo/video content to follow… we’ve got some great footage for our first Kickstarter video! Don, Billy, and I got a lot of work done yesterday (Saturday) distributing our donated mulch (thanks, Asplundh) on the top lots around the raised beds and greenhouse. Kenny did a ton of work building up the retaining wall beneath the natural wood railing at the west end of the top lots. The watermelons, among other things, are looking beautiful! I also cleaned up and weeded the area around our beehive so it’s not so ugly and difficult to get to. We’ve got around 6 weeks left in our growing season, and we’d really like the Ash Street Garden to look its best as the foliage starts to turn bright colors and we’re harvesting the last crops of fall.
Until I get some time to upload video from the regular video camera, here’s one I shot from my phone yesterday as we worked on the top lots.
The BFF is starting a brand new bike recycling project called ReCycle. We will accept donations of old, unused, or broken bikes and turn them into working bicycles for Baltimore Free Farm members and eventually the surrounding community. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to donate any bicycles, bike parts, or tools to this project or if you would like to be involved. -Allison