We were able to purchase materials to build one raised bed for one of our longest time members. He has been in the garden for 42 years and currently struggles to garden in the traditional manner. With donated labor from a local handyman we were able to build one raised bed with an extended edge for Rich to sit on (see our picture attached below). While we could not afford to the standing raised bed kit we had hoped to purchase, we are optimistic that need year we will be able to. If not standing kits, then perhaps we can purchase pallets to form larger and deeper beds. We did this last year with donated materials but the pallets broke easily.
What challenges did or does your project face?
We were unable to raise any funds beyond the @25.00 given by Seed. The majority of our gardeners are seniors who do not use or are not familiar with how to use the internet. This lack of familiarity did not allow for them to direct family and friends or donate themselves to our grant project.
How are you working to overcome them?
Our board is working on a better plan to direct our seniors to the local public library who not only have classes but will assist them in using the internet. We also are going to create flyers to place in local business so that the community can be aware of where they can donate.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
This was our first time applying for funds and we have learned a great deal. First, word of mouth is important when raising funds. A good marketing plan is as well. We are so very grateful to Seed for their donation. We apologize for the late submission It has been raining here in Chicago for a week and we wanted to take pictures you could see. Thank you so very much for the donation and most of all for the education.