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Elizabeth S
(Core City )
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the project

50 trees, 50 untold stories, hours of engagement, a place to learn & gather, and a generation witnessing the giving and sustaining power at  the intersection of: Love & land stewardship…

The Giving Trees is a multidimensional project that pays homage to a  children's book that chronicled a boy and his “giving tree”, a tree that gave all that it could so that he would thrive. In this project we seek to both: honor publically the Giving Trees that have made it so that we could thrive, a declaration of unsung heroes from the lives of our community members; AND  to provide our community with literal giving trees by creating a 50 fruit tree park that will: be free & open; begin to rebuild the connection between our urban neighborhood and nature; begin to address food insecurities in our community; make fresh fruit accessible in urban spaces; create an intersection between art  and land stewardship;  and capture & share the legacies of giving that helped Make each of our futures possible. 

Each tree will be dedicated  to a different unsung hero, posting the story of their impact at the foot of each tree for all to read: commemorating the Giving Trees in the lives of our community members told by the people whose Lives were changed forever by the graciousness of another.  


the steps

Step 0: launch the community campaign to begin gathering our community’s  stories, and launch the website so that there is a place for the stores to be accessible to all even if they aren’t physically able to arrive at the community park. 


Step 1: Purchase the trees!  Buying in advance of spring is important for securing availability ensuring the sizes and types of the fruit trees and shrubs we are targeting, at the ideal price points, are still available . 


Step 2: finalize the design based on the type, size, and quantity of plants we can afford. We have a preliminary plan but depending on prices and availability those details may need to be adjusted so as soon as we purchase we can finalize the plan. 


Step 3: Wait for the weather to venture above freezing so that the trees can be delivered; the holes can be dug; and the plants can be placed in their new homes. 


Step 4: Build infrastructure! This space is a combination of green space, free fruit market, and usable space, so part of the funds will go to the creation of tables, benches, reading areas, and an outdoor community kitchen or food prep space. 


Step 5: create a community event so that members of our community can participate in planting and learn.


Step 6: planting day

why we're doing it

Detroit neighborhoods have existed in “food deserts” for generations, and when coupled with the pandemic;  inability to travel far or venture out of one’s community; and lack of funds to spend on not just food but “healthy” food, the crisis escalates. Even worse to come, our already taxed agricultural supply chain is projected to no longer support the number of people that rely on it over the next few generations. This means even less access for those that struggle to access greens, fruits, and nutritionally dense/available foods currently. Our focus now is to create small answers, to our food crisis of both past and future. How can we create availability? How can we localize the supply chain?  How do we make words like “fresh, organic, nutritious” a part of our community’s everyday life? This initiative is our small answer to those questions, and to these pervasive problems. We want to make fresh produce not just something you go find but a place that you can hang out, normalizing their presence in our community, sparking intrigue, and what better way to get people to stay a while, than by weaving community  stories, and gathering spaces amongst theses fruit trees, opening doors to further learning and community participation; making our community and its members more self-sustaining.


Revised budget: $10,767.68:

 -Project website launch: $1,500

- Fencing: $1,500

- community tables, seats, benches: $2000

- 25 fruit trees:  $3,000

- seeds, fertilizers, substrates: $2,767.68


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee 8% N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee 4% $208.25
TOTAL TO RAISE $10,208.25
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.



TOTAL RAISED = $11,008.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (4%) $240.32


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