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project leader
Marilyn W
location
225 Meloy Road
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Thank you to our donors!

the project

Our goal is to create an organic community garden with 100 plots at Molloy School for the residents of West Haven, CT. Community leaders, including City Councilman Michael Last, City Councilwoman Nancy Rossi, and Dorinda Borer, BOE member, will be working with Marilyn Wilkes, who is spear-heading the project, to bring the garden to fruition. Once established, the West Haven Community Garden will provide residents with the opportunity to meet people and create community, get exercise through gardening, learn new skills, enrich the environment, and grow healthy, accessible food for themselves, food banks, and local charitable organizations.

the steps

Get approval from Planning & Zoning for Special Permit
Garden Site Design (done)
Soil Tested (done)

Garden Construction
  • Call before You Dig
  • Field Cleared
  • Create plots
  • Mulch walkways
  • Irrigation
  • Parking (done)
  • Fencing
  • Equipment storage shed
  • Compost
Fundraising
  • ioby.org
  • Grant applications
  • Sponsors
  • Donations
  • Events
Daily Management
  • Create Permit process (done)
  • Draft Garden rules (done)
  • Draft Code of Conduct (done)
  • Draft Bylaws (done)
Communication to create awareness about WHCG
  • Create web site using Wordpress
  • Student flyers
  • Letters to Molloy neighbors 
  • Postings in Libraries
  • Articles in local daily and weekly papers
  • Posting in Senior Centers
  • Post on WH Park Rec Website and Office
  • FaceBook postings
Incorporate and File for 501 (c) 3 non-profit status
Create Executive Board (done)
Get Insurance
Agreement with City of West Haven for land use

why we're doing it

West Haven does not have a community garden. We want to create one for its residents that is organic, non-profit, non-partisan, and non-discriminatory. Seeking to be multi-cultural and multi-generational, it will provide residents with the opportunity to meet people and create community, get exercise through gardening, learn new skills, enrich the environment, and grow healthy, accessible food for themselves, food banks, and local charitable organizations. Educational programs will be offered to K-12 students, as well as the general public as possible. A gathering space will be provided for gardeners to rest and communicate with each other, and for teaching. 

budget

$500  Mulch or wood chips for walkways (most will be donated)
$300  Heavy duty weed prevention fabric
$500 PVC pipe and other plumbing supplies for irrigation system
$50  Two-prong hose connectors (about 10)
$300 Hoses (20)
$50 Shovels (5)
$50 Rakes (5)
$1,000  4 foot metal fencing with 5 foot posts for internal walkways
$300 Shed for tool storage
$300 WHCG Sign
$50  Website domain name/Wordpress fee
$100  PO Box
$100  Postage
$1,200  Insurance through Brunswick Companies
$200  Incorporation Fee and Organization and First Report
$360 501 C 3/Non profit status Fee
$3,000/yr  RWA Water
$10  First Aid Kit
$100  Copying for Applications/Permits/Badges



SUBTOTAL = $8,470
ioby Platform Fee  $35
3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) $254
TOTAL TO RAISE = $8,759


RAISED = $885.00
ioby Platform Fee waived
3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) $25.78
TOTAL TO DISBURSE = $859.22

Budget Update, 3/25/2014

We have been lucky to have raised funds outside of IOBY and also will have many of the items on the list donated. The money raised on ioby will be used to purchase irrigation supplies and copying charges for permits and badges.

updates

Thank you to our donors!

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Frank D.
  • Melissa W.
  • Kim M.
  • Kathleen H.
  • Robert A.
  • Gina R.
  • Linda W.
  • Dorinda B.
  • Michael D.
  • Colleen B.
  • Ellen H.
  • Robert P.
  • Elisabeth K.
  • Marilyn W.
  • Marilyn W.