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Kim Y
342 Pleasant Ave .
(East Harlem)
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the project

Dear friends,

We are seeking funding to build a third hot box system to continue our efforts and expand our capacity. With three bins, we can have a continuous production cycle, ensuring the most efficient use of time and resources throughout each cycle. Additionally, we also need volunteers to help process food scraps every Wednesday and Sunday at 1 pm.

 We are thrilled to share that thanks to your previous donations, we were able to successfully crowdfund the first two hot boxes, which have made a tremendous impact. Since the start of the pandemic, we have processed over 20 tons of food scraps and organic waste!

Unfortunately, we have encountered a setback recently. Due to budget cuts, the city's food scrap collection pick-up service has been shut down. This has made it extremely difficult for us to handle the amount of intake without the city taking sustainable waste management seriously. We relied on our partnership with LESEC to alleviate the overflow of food scraps we couldn't process, but their shutdown has become even more challenging. Despite this setback, we are determined not to let all our hard work and valuable resources "go to waste." We understand first-hand how these budget cuts disproportionately impact communities like East Harlem, and we will not let this injustice deter us.

We kindly ask for your generous donations to help us achieve this goal. Contributing to our fundraising campaign will empower us to take control of our future.  Your support will continue our vital work in creating a greener and more just future for our community.

Our composting program is truly a collective effort:

  •  Local volunteers and a dedicated group of garden members led by Saco Yasuma
  • The patented Hot Box was created by a native New Yorker, Nando Rodriguez.  
  • Partnerships with LESEC, and DSNY 
  • We've participated in composting bike tours and garden tours 
  • Residents of NYC who collect and drop off their food scraps 
  • Support from other Community leaders
  • Earth Day Conference hosted by Community Board 11

Composting is a public benefit that affects us all:

  • The organic compost is used to feed all the beautiful plants at Pleasant Village Community Garden 
  •  It helps absorb water, mitigate flooding, and bring essential nutrients to plants and organically grown foods.
  • It diverts tons of food waste from landfills.
  • Our program addresses the issue of rodent infestation with its rodent-proof design. Without composting, we risk more food waste being left on the streets to feed rats.
  • Compost helps us grow healthy vegetables and fruits, in turn, our human health.
  • Volunteers who compost can improve their mental and physical health
  • and create a better environment for biodiversity
  • Feeding our chickens, who provide us with beautiful eggs
  • it is the responsible form of waste management in regard to global warming

Your support means the world to us. As a collective spirit, we can make a lasting impact. 

Thank you for considering our request and for your continued support.


Kim Yim
President of the Pleasant Village Community Garden

the steps

  1. Raise funds for materials 
  2. Submit  applicable permits and requests  
  3. Place an order for plastic lumber, including the supplies needed from Farm Tek and a big box hardware store. 
  4. Mark the location of the new hot box
  5. Clear/Level/Landscape and hardware cloth the base frame. Once built fill the inside with cement or gravel and let cure 
  6. once materials from Farmtek have arrived the lumber should be measured and cut accurately and precisely 
  7. pre-drill all the holes, screw, and assemble. 
  8. build a top and attach

why we're doing it

Our goal with this project is to continue the development of food scrap collection and composting in NYC.  The added benefits from programs affect us all, and ultimately, as citizens living in one of the largest populated cities, we should be taking more responsibility for today's waste management. 
Through city and state funding, numerous programs, events, and projects were organized, and through educational materials and hands-on training, the funding allowed us to develop a growing composting program.  
However, as we have seen time and time again, our experience in underserved communities offers assistance and support for projects to increase capacity, and the outcome is every couple of years, funding is cut, or land is taken away.  These actions of political convenience quickly turn from public assistance to an attack on underserved communities.  We are tired of seeing all the hard work before these changes in our community go to waste. What takes months, even years, to get approval for funding is taken away so swiftly and abruptly.   We have spent the past four years educating and growing composting programs all over Manhattan and the other boroughs. And our mission is to keep it going.  

No other initiative can reach across so many of today's issues than community gardening. It benefits our health and climate change and stands for food justice, environmental justice, youth engagement, and education.  It offers community and unites multi-generations of various cultures. They educate, build community leaders, and support new career paths and jobs.  Community Gardens give animals and insects access to nature and habitat. They make people smile and force you to take in its beauty.   It increases safety and is known to have less criminal activity.   Recently, land, resources, and funding for activities related to community gardens have been cut. 





Final budget


Prebuilt Hotbox $2500 

New Rodent proof metal Collection bins - $743.00

Compost rakes $250

Food scrap choppers-$250

TOTAL RAISED = $3,800.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $57.00

Original budget


Farm Tek Plastic Lumber $159.90
FarmTek plastic lumber $2,338.50
elbows, braces, misc , delivery  $300.00
composite screws 100pk $101.20
pvc pipes  $100.40
goal Zero solar battery  $2,000.00
Total: $5,000



ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee N/A $0.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee 4% $102.04
TOTAL TO RAISE $5,102.04
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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