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Emily S
1179 Dellwood Ave.
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the project

At Girls Inc. of Memphis, we serve more than 2,400 girls annually. The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that together equip girls to succeed.

Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces  that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance.

The unique location of the Girls Inc. Youth Farm provides us with daily opportunities to interact with members of our community. Bordered by Whitney Elementary, a post office, and neighborhoods, we talk with community members on a regular basis about growing and eating high quality, local food. Many of our on-site customers once grew vegetables with their older family members, and they are interested in learning how to grow their own food in their neighborhood. We've been listening.

The Girls Inc. Youth Farm program provides the tools, the space, and the experience to help our neighbors grow their own food. We would like to task our youth crew with planning and building a community garden on the edge of our own full-scale farm. Community gardeners at the Girls Inc. Youth Farm will have access to seeds, water, organic compost, tools, and the vast knowledge base of our experienced farm crew. We're confident that taking our neighborhood engagement experience to the next level will encourage, empower, galvanize, unite, and nourish our neighborhood.

the steps

Building a successful community garden begins with engaging the community in envisioning their wants, needs, and desires. As such, our Youth Farm crew will begin planning our community garden project by developing a questionnaire and surveying the farm's neighbors to gather input, garner support, sign up our potential community gardeners, and begin gathering ideas for the physical-design elements of the garden. This phase of our planning process will be completed in early Fall 2016.

We will begin developing our site plan, using the information we've gathered from the community as well as a five-part landscape design workshop developed by our partner organization, The Food Project, located in Boston, MA. As a part of this landscape design unit, we will consult with a local landscape designer, measure our proposed space, and inventory the tools needed to succeed.

By Spring 2017, our Youth Farm crew will have engaged the community, and will have designed, built, and helped plant our community garden beds - with community & volunteer support - which will be tended by community members through the rest of the growing season.

why we're doing it

The Girls Inc. Youth Farm program addresses many community needs. As a farm rooted in the middle of a food desert, we're directly addressing hunger and associated health issues by increasing access to healthy foods. We're making productive use of once-vacant land, thereby beautifying the neighborhood and directly fighting blight. We employ neighborhood teens in our farm work and entrepreneurship training, which addresses unemployment & poverty, and supplements our educational system with experiential job training. 



RAISED = $150.00
ioby Platform Fee  waived
 Payment Processing Fee (3%) $4.37



Five 4'x28' cinderblock beds (24" tall):

    1. $607.50 - 405 cinderblocks @ $1.50 each (Home Depot)

    2. $720.00 - 40 cubic yards @ $18.00 each (The Mulch Yard) 


    $250.00 - PVC underground lines running to POC's + hoses & watering wands


    $100.00 - Vegetable and flower seeds


    $1,600 - 400' of deer fencing around community plots @ $4.00 each  


    $150 - 10 shovels @ $15.00 each (Home Depot)


    $360 - 4 wheelbarrows @ $90.00 each (Home Depot)


SUBTOTAL = $3,787
ioby Platform Fee $35
Payment Processing Fee of 3%  $114



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