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project leader
Ryan W
location
61 Franklin Street
Brooklyn (Greenpoint)
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Compost Bin Build

the project

We hope to continue to build on our existing garden to create a welcoming green space and educational teaching zone with native plants, flowers and herb garden that are community tended to and open to everyone.

A key element of our mission is to maximize our impact on the neighborhood by educating our local community and schools on the importance of sustainable gardening elements such as rainwater harvesting, compost systems and phytoremediation to clean pollutants and heavy metals out of native soil.

the steps

  1. Build more planter beds including educational beds for students
  2. Purchase and collect seeds to start new plants
  3. Purchase educational teaching supplies
  4. Create a community seating/teaching area
  5. Build Water Harvester System
  6. Build Compost system
  7. Tend to and plant in all street trees in 2 block radius
  8. Plant trees and bushes
  9. Develop a demonstration garden to remediate existing soil
  10. Hire teachers for monthly garden workshop classes
  11. Create and build living vertical wall to maximise sunlight

why we're doing it

To Provide additional open community greenspace on an otherwise empty lot that provides the surrounding neighborhood and local organizations with a meeting place and outdoor “classroom” for schools and youth organizations to do skill sharing workshops. 

We will also, demonstrate ways local residents can take part in cleaning native soil through phytoremediation and other sustainable urban practices.

budget

  1. 450 Bags of Topsoil: Home Depot Timberline 1 cu. ft. Top Soil Model # 50055077 Home Depot $1.48 (Total $666)
  2. Stirrup Hoe Ames Forged Garden Hoe Model #1825700 $12.97 Home Depot $12.97
  3. Bow Rake: Ames 16-Tine Bow Rake  Model # 1825300 $12.97 Home Depot
  4. Leaf Rake: Ames 24-Tine Leaf Rake Model # 1915600 $14.97 Home Depot
  5. 10 Trowel: Ames 13 in. Hand Trowel Model # 1984100 Home Depot $3.97 (Total $39.70)
  6. 2 Steel Blade Shovel: Ames 48 in. Steel Blade Round Point Shovel Model # 1535600 $12.97 (Total 25.94)
  7. 2 Watercans  2 Gal. Watering Can  Model # 437024-4001 Home Depot $5.47 (Total $10.94)
  8. Wheelbarrow True Temper
    6 cu. ft. Steel Wheelbarrow with Steel Handles and Flat Free Tire Model # C6ORUT14 $84.97 Home Depot
  9. 10 WeedBlock Landscape Fabric: Easy Gardener WeedBlock 3 ft. x 50 ft. Polypropylene Landscape Fabric $9.97 (Total $99.70)
  10.  Screws (to build raised flower beds) $10
  11.  15 Garden Gloves: Firm Grip Nitrile Coated Polyester Work Gloves Model # 5550 $1.98 (Total 29.70)
  12. Esplanade Apple Tree $100
  13.  Herb Seeds: Sage, Mint, Basil, Lemon Basil, Parsley
  14.  Native Flowers Seeds (Goldenrod, Butterfly Bush, Purple Coneflower, Asters, Bee Balm) $30
  15.  Flower Seeds: Lillys, Peonies, Black-eyed Susan (trelessing), hollyhock $25
  16. Vegetable Seeds: Cherry Tomatoes, Heirloom tomatoes (brandywine, cherokee purple), Peppers, Cucumbers (trelessing), Kale, Basil, Lettuce, Grape vines, snap peas, garlic, beats, carrots, mustard greens/arugula/mixed greens, strawberries $90
  17.  Truck rental to pick up supplies: Enterprise Cargo Van Rental $166.61
  18.  10 Plastic Water Barrels: Rubbermaid Commercial Products Brute 32 gal. Gray Trash Container $26.97 (Total $267.70)
  19.  Garden Shed: Home Depot 8 ft. x 6 ft. Steel Shed Model # NP8667 $218.00
  20.  Wrench to access hydrant: Grainger item#6CLV1 $27.45
  21.  Printing Costs for educational materials $100
  22.  Lock for front gate $20
  23.  10 Pots for Herbs:  12-1/4 in. Terra Cotta Pot  Model # 01310SZ Home Depot $8.48 (Total $84.80)
  24.  3 bags of Fertilizer:  36 lb. Organic Nitrogen Fertilizer Model # 100048741 Home Depot $12.98 (Total $39.94)
  25.  Back flow preventer: Parts20 Check Valve 1 1/4 in. Brass  Model # TC2505LF $18.
  26.  Hose: Neverkink 5/8 in. x 100 ft. Neverkink Heavy Duty Water Hose Model # 8605 100 Home Depot $41.97
  27.  4 Seed Starter Containers: Jiffy Seed Starter Greenhouse Model # 5029 Home Depot $4.98 (Total $19.92)

 



SUBTOTAL = $2,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) $60
TOTAL TO RAISE = $2,095

 

 

UPDATE BUDGET (as of 2/16/15):



RAISED = $578.00
less ioby Platform Fee  waived
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $27.52
less 3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) $16.83
TOTAL TO DISBURSE = $533.64

1. Build more planter beds including educational beds for students
2. Purchase and collect seeds to start new plants
3. Purchase educational teaching supplies
4. Create a community seating/teaching area
5. Build Compost system
6. Tend to and plant in all street trees in 2 block radius
7. Plant trees and bushes
8. Develop a demonstration garden to remediate existing soil
9. Hire teachers for monthly garden workshop classes
10. Create and build living vertical wall to maximise sunlight

updates

Compost Bin Build

This past Sunday June 14th, 2015 we built a new 3 bin compost system for our garden!  We're still working on getting the lids installed and a few more touches, but check out the progress thus far below! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 in the Garden

Last year was a great opportunity for growth in the garden. Not only did we have flourishing annuals and perennials - including some really wild tomato plants - but we had new construction like a rainwater harvest system and vertical gardens. We also successfully brought in children's classes, held workshops, and had some great events.

We'll be back soon to update more on how the funds have been spent. Thank you so much for your support!

 

 

 

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Luke Ohlson
  • Chris Rhie
  • Anonymous
  • Clare M.
  • Emmy B.