Project Infinity PeaceJam Community Vegetable Garden
A Peacemaking Project by Alex G.
What is the injustice we are solving?
Our area has suffered from food insecurity for many years and since the closing of the local General Mills plant the problem has become more intense. Our goal is to provide organic vegetables to neighborhood food pantries plus inspire people to grow their own veggies. At this time our goal is to have a year-round structure growing food 12 months a year both vertically and horizontally.
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of Hunger
we will address food insecurity
by establishing a vegetable garden with produce donated to the Neighborhood Food Pantries
6 April 2018 10:27
Thanks so much for this update! It's great to hear about all the work you're doing. What kinds of plants are you growing?
6 April 2018 0:38
5 April 2018 13:06
We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.
If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.
If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for an Accelerator, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can support your project in any way! :)
26 March 2018 10:50
We're excited to hear more about your ideas to address this important injustice! I wanted to let you know about an opportunity -- if you are interested in getting some funding for materials that you need to carry out your project, you can apply for a mini-grant of up to $250.
The deadline to submit your Project Plan and Mini-Grant Application is March 31st if you want to remain eligible to apply to attend a Peace First Accelerator.
As you craft your plan, be sure to consider the feedback we gave you on your compassionate insight, and check out our project planning tools for help turning your insight into a concrete action plan: https://www.peacefirst.org/plan-your-project
Then, through your dashboard you can make any changes you want to make to your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.
Let us know if you have questions or if we can help in any way. We're looking forward to supporting your project!
12 March 2018 11:31
Thanks so much for posting this project! As someone who has done lots of food justice and farming work, this project is close to my heart. I love this idea!
As part of the process of completing peacemaking projects, Peace First staff give formal feedback on important steps of your project. One of those steps is the compassionate insight.
Your insight looks pretty good--there are just a few things I'd suggest tweaking, just to make sure everyone can follow your reasoning. Right now, your insight is saying that the root cause of poverty is food insecurity. While food insecurity is definitely a cause of poverty, it is also a result. Were you thinking that food insecurity is the specific injustice you were trying to address? If that's the case, then I'd encourage you to think more deeply about what some of the root causes of food insecurity are. Here is a toolkit that can help with that process: https://www.peacefirst.org/understand-through-compassion
As part of this stage of planning, and working to deeply understand the root causes, we also like to encourage everyone to talk with people directly experiencing the injustice, people causing the injustice, and people who are also working to change the injustice. The link above has resources for talking to others about their ideas on this injustice. This can be a very rewarding process--let me know if you'd like help thinking about who in your community it makes sense to talk with!
It can also be helpful connect with outside reading and resources, as well as other projects in the Peace First community which are working on these issues. Comment on their page and start a conversation!
Some organizations that work on food justice:
I hope this is useful! Please let us know how we can support this important work. Thanks again, and I'm excited to see where this project goes!
1 March 2018 10:01
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