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Permaculture Community Garden fundraising effort - 7 hour extension!

 
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In case anyone's noticed that I haven't spent quite as much time on the forums this summer, it's because I'm building a community garden in my city.  We set up a non-profit, got permission to use the land and broke ground.  We'll be ready for spring gardening with 48 plots for community renters plus it will be a permaculture experimentation and training space.  

To see the campaign click HERE

We are doing a crowd funding effort through Seedmoney.org and we're near the top of the leaderboard between a New York City garden and a San Francisco one!  I'm really proud that our little rural effort is raising as much as those in the big cities.

The campaign ends in 12 days and I'm hoping to get some contributions from all the wonderful Permies out there.  To sweeten the pot, I'll kick in a gift code to the Building a Better World in Your Backyard - instead of being angry at bad guys eBook to any permie who donates at least $5.  I'll be able to do that for the highest 24 donations.  If you already have the ebook, you can pass it to someone else

We blew away our initial $3000 goal and set a new one that we're quickly approaching.  Our actual build budget is around $14,000 so we will use every dollar we get.

To donate, click HERE

The founding group and board are keenly interested in Permaculture.  We will be teaching classes (affiliated with the college) in the garden.  We will have an indigenous garden, a fiber and dye garden, a medicinal garden, pollinator plants and much more.  One of our first projects was to stack a function by removing sod from the garden beds and building a sun trap and shade structure.  The sun trap is on the South side (left) and the shade nooks are on the NE and NW sides with built in benches for overheated gardeners.


We're going to be installing the gates this weekend before the ground freezes too solidly.  The fence, shed, raised beds and other features will be built in the spring when we have the funds.

Thanks for reading all this and please consider donating!!!
 
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This looks so great Mike!  Just sent my contribution.  I'm really impressed by what you guys are doing.  
 
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Looks great! I donated!

Here in the UK, the council by law has to provide allotment space if a certain number of local residents ask. But unfortunately many are now being sold to property developers.
 
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Thanks Greg and Jane!!!  Wow, I bet that's our first donation from outside the country!

Today we had a volunteer work party with upwards of 10 people.  Luckily it was a warm day (31 degrees) and the ground was only frozen a couple inches down.  We covered one of the four garden plots with paper and sawmill slab wood.  The idea (hopefully a good idea) is to protect the soil until garden time in the spring and also smother the spring weeds.  We ran out of slab wood so some folks on the team will get more this week.  Luckily a nearby sawmill is letting us have them for free.

An artist happened to be one of the volunteers so they worked with some 4H girls to paint a sign for the entry area.

We also installed an H brace to hold up the big gate for trucks.  It was the first time doing that for many of us but our landscaping expert (Eric) knew how and brought the tractor.

We installed the person gate as well.  Now that the gate is in place, we can start laying out the fence posts the correct distance apart.

We're sorting out details as I type so we might be trying to install the fence this week!!!  Knowing that the fundraising money is "in the wings" allows us to commit to the fencing now instead of waiting till spring.  Luckily another local sponsor is loaning us money for supplies and we can pay them back when the Seedmoney.org check arrives.  Eric is also free more in the winter than he is in the spring so the more we get done now, the better.  Just gotta beat the frost.....

Here are some pictures from today's work along with some artwork of the project.  Enjoy!!!  And thanks for your support!!!
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General idea of the garden
General idea of the garden
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Looking south. 4 fields with 12 plots each. Each plot will be 10'x20'
Looking south. 4 fields with 12 plots each. Each plot will be 10'x20'
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Looking north. People gate will be by the step ladder, truck gate behind the people
Looking north. People gate will be by the step ladder, truck gate behind the people
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Sod sun trap and shade structure on the left, sun trap berm in the back and hugel berm in the foreground
Sod sun trap and shade structure on the left, sun trap berm in the back and hugel berm in the foreground
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Art is happening!
Art is happening!
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Tractors and experts are awfully nice to have :)
Tractors and experts are awfully nice to have :)
 
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Those pics are impressive! Love the plan. and all that's been achieved already. This will be a huge blessing to your community.

I admit to snorting at your "warm day (31 degrees) and the ground was only frozen a couple inches down". I will be in for a shock when I move somewhere colder, as I hope to. I still chuckle over how stupidly shocked I was the one really cold winter since I've lived in the UK, and my first and only experience of the ground freezing. Took me a while to figure why I just could NOT dig the hole I wanted for a bare-rooted pear-tree!
 
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Thanks, I was kind of saying the "warm" part tongue-in-cheek.  But compared to what early December should be around here, it is warm.  We will actually be above freezing for the highs much of this week so there's a chance we can really get some work done.  Having the fence up before winter wasn't even in our dreams a month ago.  Woo hoo!
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:In case anyone's noticed that I haven't spent quite as much time on the forums this summer, it's because I'm building a community garden in my city.



Mike, I'm wondering if you are keeping notes (and maybe ask others to do the same) along with photos. Once you're up and running you'll be able to write a small book about the process you followed so that people everywhere have a starting place for creating a community garden. Then sales of the booklet can help fund your garden's upkeep.

Just a thought!
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Good idea Julie.  I'll give that some thought....  I'll have to see if I can determine how much of the process is transferable to other situations and how much was just a coincidence of my particular circle of friends and contacts....
 
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Mike,

Your local library may be interested in whatever you have to give them, even unorganized notes, etc? What you're doing affects the community and so would be important. Also, giving copies to the library might be a good way to recruit people, money, or other resources?

Just a thought.
 
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Julie Johnston wrote:

Mike Haasl wrote:In case anyone's noticed that I haven't spent quite as much time on the forums this summer, it's because I'm building a community garden in my city.



Mike, I'm wondering if you are keeping notes (and maybe ask others to do the same) along with photos. Once you're up and running you'll be able to write a small book about the process you followed so that people everywhere have a starting place for creating a community garden. Then sales of the booklet can help fund your garden's upkeep.

Just a thought!
Julie




Julie are you anywhere near Dan Jason of Salt spring Island seeds ?

 
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margot brulotte wrote:

Julie are you anywhere near Dan Jason of Salt Spring Island seeds ?



Hi Margot, I am! I'm on Pender, the island right next to Salt Spring. My brother trained with Dan several years ago, and I know Dan through Pender friends and because we're both members of our school district's School Garden Learning Circle.

Whereabouts are you? How do you know Dan?
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I have spoken to Dan a couple of times.  I grew up in Victoria but I now live outside of Melbourne Victoria Australia.  I would like to offer a gift amount to be used for seeds at Salt Spring Island Seeds for your project.  He has some older varieties worth growing and saving for future people's use.

If that is ok by you I will contact him later in the week and organize it...
 
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Really impressive, Mike. I'm blown away!. There seems to be a problem with the donation button though: I was logged in Permies and entered my card number, amount etc. I clicked "submit" and... Nothing. The system was going around and around, asking me to log in, not in Permies but in something else. Forgot to take down the name, sorry.
I'll try again this afternoon. Let me know if the problem is resolved or what I did wrong.
If you need seeds of something, let me know. Staghorn Sumac, False blue indigo? I'm planting some but I definitely have too many seeds of those 2.
 
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Thanks Cecile!  Hmm, not sure what the problem was with the donation page.  It's entirely separate from Permies.com so the two aren't connected in any way.  I guess try it again and let me know if the problems persist.  Worst case we can always do it the hard way with a check  

Thanks for the seed offer too!  We don't have our long term plantings figured out yet.  The primary goal for next summer will be taking care of the garden plots and doing some public plantings.  Those public plantings will probably be demonstration pollinator, herb, medicinal, fiber, dye and Native American plantings.  The broad scale guilds and more substantial plantings will probably happen after that.
 
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Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:There seems to be a problem with the donation button though



That happened to me, too. But when I scrolled back up, I saw that I hadn't filled in one of the blanks correctly.
 
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Thanks, Julie,
In my case, what happened was that the system will not take special characters. It will take CECILE, not Cécile. so if one of you folks has a weird name with an accent, that's what it is.
 
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We're up to $6,852!!!

That's so awesome - Thanks everyone!

Thanks to the success of the fundraiser, our garden board had an emergency meeting this afternoon so now we have the go ahead to buy all the fencing and get it installed this week  We were hoping to also trench the water lines but that's looking a bit less likely (fingers crossed).  

Go team!
 
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We got more work done out at the garden today.  We installed most of the fence posts this afternoon.  I'm pleasantly surprised at how straight and plumb they are as you look down the row.  I mean, they should be perfect of course, but you know how it goes.  

I didn't get any pictures after we were done since it was getting dark and we needed to get the skid steer back.

Tomorrow we have a small team that's going to start putting up the fence panels.  Wait till you see the design we have for that

Keep those donations coming (pretty please)
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Mike Haasl wrote:We got more work done out at the garden today.  We installed most of the fence posts this afternoon.  I'm pleasantly surprised at how straight and plumb they are as you look down the row.  I mean, they should be perfect of course, but you know how it goes.  
I didn't get any pictures after we were done since it was getting dark and we needed to get the skid steer back.
Tomorrow we have a small team that's going to start putting up the fence panels.  Wait till you see the design we have for that
Keep those donations coming (pretty please)



Well, Great minds think alike and are in sync: I just finished most of the fencing last night on my orchard here. I'll tell you, your fence posts are a lot more plumb than mine. and they are in a straighter line too than mine. I'm looking at that door in the foreground. Did you buy it readymade or did you make it? I'm looking for something just like that so I could get the mower and trailer though. It has to be at least wide  enough to let the 4 wheeler through because that's how I'll pull the manure trailer [4 cu. ft.] to the trees next spring. Let me know.
 
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What a day in the garden!!  5 of us got together on the last warm day of the year (43F) to put up the fence panels.  It went really smoothly.  By paying close attention to getting the vertical runs of the cattle panel lined up, the hose clamps held them nicely and it all stayed in good order.  We did the bottom set of panels first and then came through with a ladder to do the top.  Two people moving and holding the panels while one person arranged them precisely and a fourth tightened the clamps with a drill.  It took about 3 hours to put up 98 panels.  We fiddled with some other stuff and got ready for a chilly work party we'll have on Saturday.

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Cecile, we got the gate from Menards.  I think they have wider ones that might work.  If they aren't wide enough, I think they sell the parts to make them yourself.

Edit to add:  No, we didn't accidentally put the posts too close together.  That was deliberate
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Lower panels going on. I'm still amazed at how straight that row of posts is
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Thanks, Mike. I'll go see at Menards tomorrow.  The work you guys did is really impressive!. How did you get those cattle panels to stand so nicely on top of one another?
Here, I have to span 6 ft. I'm planning to do it with 2 panels 3 ft. wide, like saloon doors. In case I mess up, with shorter panels, they should not sag. I'm also planning to plant a lot more fruit trees.
 
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Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:How did you get those cattle panels to stand so nicely on top of one another?


Thanks!  They make the cattle panels amazingly consistent (at least for the two piles of 50 that we bought).  If the ends line up, all the other parts line up.  So we spent most of our effort getting the joint on each post to match and it worked out from there.  Because they're the same length, if the ends line up, they'll sit on each other decently.  The curves are just sitting on each other and in a couple spots currently but on Saturday we'll wire them together with some aluminum wire to keep them perfectly aligned from the top to the bottom panel.  Then the whole assembly will be even more rigid.  More pics soon!
 
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Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:How did you get those cattle panels to stand so nicely on top of one another?


Thanks!  They make the cattle panels amazingly consistent (at least for the two piles of 50 that we bought).  If the ends line up, all the other parts line up.  So we spent most of our effort getting the joint on each post to match and it worked out from there.  Because they're the same length, if the ends line up, they'll sit on each other decently.  The curves are just sitting on each other and in a couple spots currently but on Saturday we'll wire them together with some aluminum wire to keep them perfectly aligned from the top to the bottom panel.  Then the whole assembly will be even more rigid.  More pics soon!



I love the curves! On one hand, you may have used a little more wire [? but not enough to cost you extra panels, I don't think] but on the other hand, this should confuse the deer. As you mentioned earlier, the fact that their eyes are on opposite sides of their face means they don't have depth of perception. That plus 50 "+ 50 "= 100" =8.333 FT. repeating makes it a beautiful and formidable barrier. Even if you had to use a couple of extra panels, the look alone is well worth it. A curved wall is also quite a lot stronger than a straight wall and will resist a lateral push much better. I noticed a couple of my posts are rotting at the bottom. They will be replaced with long metal posts, even if I must lose the ability to remove panels easily.
Around my garden, as you know, I used those cattle panels, but I used hooks to fasten them to wood posts. Since I could not go 8 ft. with that system, [I would have needed a lot of very long posts] I hooked one layer which was only 50", then cut the next panel *lengthwise*, put a hook way up high on the post and hung the half panel, making sure that the sharp ends were up. I allowed as big a gap as I could between the 2. Not quite the height I'd like, but it does work. Depending on the height of the post once planted, I have a variation. Sometimes they touch, sometimes I have like 3-4"in between. It doesn't look pretty but I'm sure they are afraid not to stick the landing with these sharp points looking up! I used white tie wraps, but I suspect they will stretch and break after a couple of seasons. When my SS check goes up [yeah, right!] I'll use aluminum wire as that is a much more secure fastener!

 
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Yes, we used a bit more wire but not that much.  The posts are 15' 5" apart and the panels are 16' long.  So over the whole garden we "wasted" 30 feet of fencing or the equivalent of two panels.  And saved 50 posts.  

If it works.....  

We're going to get the truck access gate and a few more supplies today and then have our last work party of the year tomorrow!
 
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We're up to $7,192!!!

Keep it coming, this is awesome!!!  The fundraising campaign ends in three days.

Today Pete and I bought the remaining cattle panels to do the truck entrance gate area. We also got the 16' gate and the remaining supplies for tomorrow's work party.  We wandered the site and thought a bit about how tall to make the berms and where the hobbit gardens might go.

Tomorrow is likely the last day we'll be working on the garden.  It will be a cloudy 28 degrees for the high but we'll have locally roasted coffee and a fire pit.  
 
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One more volunteer day in the books.  We had about 12 people out on a 25 degree day.  We put in the truck gate, fenced from the gate to the existing fence, tied together the panels on the entire perimeter, patched together the gap by the people gate and put up the entry sign.  

I think we're done outdoors for the winter, now we can plan and design the remaining details over winter and hit the ground running in the spring.  

Please keep the donations coming, the more we raise, the more awesome this permaculture demonstration space will be
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Sign on the way in. NCG = Northwoods Community Garden
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I love the curves of the fencing! Amazin progress!
 
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There are 22 hours left in our fundraising campaign and we're up to $7,527!!!  If you want to get in on my offer of a ebook of Paul Wheaton's Build a Better World book, the clock is ticking.

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$8,017!!!

13 hours to go...

Woo Hoo!!!
 
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It says there's an hour left.  And we're up precisely $1000 from last night.  That's so cool!!!  

So if you've been waiting and watching and kinda delaying, this is the end of the line.  We're sprinting towards the finish line and are a few steps away.  Help us get over that line

Sorry I keep begging for money but this is a really cool project that will allow us to have a permaculture demonstration and training area associated with a community college so I foresee lots of potential to spread the word and infect minds.

Thanks for following along!
 
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Thanks for all the help with this fundraising campaign!  I just sent out the gift codes for the book to everyone who I could cross reference between the donation list and permies.  If you donated and haven't received an email about your gift code, send me a PM and include the email address that you used in the Seedmoney.org donation so I can get you your book.

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Well, it looks like I called it a bit early.  They had a glitch at the donation platform company and they're keeping the campaigns going until midnight Eastern time tonight.  

So there's currently 7 hours and 24 minutes left to throw more money into the pot.  Let's try to get it over $10,000!
 
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dear people, i love your sharing, caring, empowering attitudes!  thank you!

i'd like to point your attention to the RUTH STOUT GARDENING SYSTEMS, which fit in beautifully with every respect and care for the planet, people, and nature.  she uses hay as mulch everywhere.   her books are widely reprinted and available, and all of them fit in with rewilding our planet to contain carbon and reverse climate change!!!

love and nourishment, for us and our earth!  ange x


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