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Monti L
636 Rudd Pond Rd
(WILDSEED Community Farm & Healing Village)
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the project

The Catalyst Collaborative Farm is nearing the end of our first growing season and want to finish the season strong. 
Our Founder, Monti Lawson, is a Black and Gay beginning farmer and has been a community gardener and urban farmer in NYC for over a decade. He graduated from Farm School NYC  in 2022 and moved in April, moved to the Mid-Hudson Valley. We created the Catalyst Collaborative Farm on 2.8 acres of land at WILDSEED Community Farm & Healing Village in Millerton, NY.
In seven short months, we have already hosted over 100 people for camping weekends, Community Work Days, and our Fall Festival Weekend on October 7th and 8th. So many of our community members from NYC have been able to experience the magical land with us. 

We are seeking support to fund the work needed to host our final Work Days and community programming for the year.

With your help, we can fund these projects and ensure that the QTBIPOC land stewards in our community can fully participate at no cost to them.

the steps

With your support, we will be able to pay for the labor, materials, and supplies to host our final Community Work Days of 2023 season:

- Spread 30 Yards of compost in our new garden beds 
- Create pathways with 50 Yards of woodchips
- Plant out 500 perennial herbs 
- Host 30+ people during our Community Work Days

why we're doing it

We are strengthening the network of low-income community members in NYC whom we serve and the beginner farmer network we are a part of. To us, the holding of both of these communities simultaneously is key to real long-standing food security. We strive to serve our communities by offering free/low-cost opportunities to build relationships with the land through community workdays, healing workshops, and co-created plant medicine.

We operate as a group of Collaborators exploring solidarity economics to achieve our liberation by building Community Wealth.

Community Wealth is the abundance created when we build a purpose-driven and sustainable enterprise that lives in right-relationship with ourselves, each other, the Earth and future generations. 


Final budget


Production Field - 3020.03

Programming Costs - $3000

Partnerships - $3000

Products - $3000

Winter Retreat - $400

TOTAL RAISED = $13,343.50
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $667.17
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $256.30

Original budget

1 - Production Field - $3000

Finishing the season out strong by laying compost, wood chips, and planting perennials to build up the soil for next year

2 - Programming Costs - $3000

Hosting Skill-Shares and Community Work Days and providing stipends for facilitators, nourishment for attendees, and accommodation and transportation as needed to ensure our NYC community can fully participate

3 - Partnerships - $3000

Building Community Wealth by compensating our partners and collaborators for designing and building out this project:
Ayni Herb Farm
True Foods Hudson Valley
Farm School NYC

4 - Products - $3000

Stipends for our herbalists for formulation research, foraging/harvesting, processing and bottling our Value Added Products.
Serving as an incubator space with Collaborators having access to:

- Community Apotechary with drying racks, processing supplies, and more.
- Table space at upcoming vending opportunities selling our infused honeys, oxymels, and other Value Added Products. 
- Tool Library 

5 - Winter Retreats and Residencies for Collaborators - $2000

We will welcome our community of dreamers, builders, fundraisers, land stewards, herbalists, organizers, network weavers, storytellers, and artists to reflect on the year we had and prepare for a bountiful 2024.


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee 8% $1,252.24
ioby Donation Processing Fee 4% $400.72
TOTAL TO RAISE $15,652.95
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.




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