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Fundraising for Forest School and Endangered Plant Sanctuary

 
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Hi all,

I  launched a crowdfunding on Saturday December 19th).  I am putting it up here as an example of a non kickstarter model of fundraising.  No products, no perks, just a call for funding from friends, family and strangers.

I would love to post an update on the campaign about the great response from permies.com!!!  Thank you Kate for all your help!!!

THE CAMPAIGN IS LIVE!!! webpage
We went live this morning (Saturday the 19th) and are 10% funded so far, mostly from readers of a blogger who posted about it on his blog!

UPDATE 12/20 5PM eastern time    50%funded whoo hoo!


PLANTING GINSENG WITH THE FOREST SCHOOL KIDS

The following is the story from the campaign site as well as two videos.


This is the story of three dreams coming together on a sunny summer day in July . Two of the dreams, a long-time dream of a botanical sanctuary for endangered plants and a more recent dream of a forest school for a group of friends and their children were a natural mix.  The third dream, the dream of the plants (very wily plants indeed) to find hands and feet to move them and expand their habitat, voices to tell their stories and new generations to continue the movement snuck into the mix and bloomed!  Be sure to watch the video above to find out the whole story.

Here are the dreams:

Locust Creek Haven for Woodland life is a 20 acre sanctuary and farm in central Vermont for endangered medicinal plants and herbs that are at risk due to overharvesting and habitat loss.

Jack and I have lived in this sanctuary for 11 years and choose to lead a simple life on purpose. We feel we are a part of a web of people who are independently protecting and sustaining the land where they reside, whether that be a city lot or a thousand-acre preserve. We may not know each other personally, but we all have the same goal in mind: to protect, preserve and nurture the natural world. Our goal is to encourage and increase the number of plants on the land as well as spread them to other areas so that they will thrive for many generations to follow.



Your support will enable the identification,  mapping (with the help of GPS) and cataloging of endangered plants on our land.  This catalog will serve those who come after us to locate and care for the plants.  Your support will also allow us to purchase a scythe, fire rake and other tools to keep the land healthy, as well as endangered plant seeds and seedlings that do not currently grow here.  We also need pots and planting materials to share with the children of the forest school as they help us manage the sanctuary. 

An intermediate goal is to become members of the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary Network which will move us toward our long term goal of becoming certified forest growers of endangered herbs.

Thank you for the opportunity to share our vision and goals and for your support.


The Friends Forest Cooperative is a play focused, outdoor forest school group that allows our children to understand their important role in nature, cultivates their whole being, and nurtures social bonds of common good. Our cooperative explores the forest, hike the hills, build dens and campfires, learn the names and uses of plants, and create strong friendships. 

In this time of unprecedented upheaval, together with the sanctuary, we can both mitigate the loss of plants and habitat and put forth a healthy alternative to the current pre-school and kindergarten emergency.



Your support will enable forest school teacher accreditation for at least one teacher, forest school literature (supplementary reading, including children's books), materials such as small cups and water jugs for the kids to serve each other water or tea, small shovels and rakes, and a state park pass. This will, in turn, facilitate our larger goal: to grow our preschool playgroup into a fully operational forest school that our local community can attend and enjoy. 

Those wily plants want to grow and expand their habitat for generations to come.  Your support will encourage and allow you to become their hands,  feet and voices through the children of the forest school and the caretakers of the sanctuary.

As a special thanks we plan to list the names and states of those who contribute on a sign as "Friends of the Forest" in the sanctuary itself.

Join us in these dreams by helping us grow and we will thrive!

What You Can Do to Protect Endangered Plants
Get to know the endangered plants in your area, where they are located and how they are doing. Learn to identify at risk plants and take a walk in a park or other open space and see how many you can identify. Volunteer to help support a protected plant area. Visit https://unitedplantsavers.org/species-at-risk-list/#

If you use herbal remedies, find out the source of the company's herbs. Environmentally responsible companies use organically-grown, cultivated herbs or sustainably wild-crafted herbs

Listed plants currently living and thriving on the land include:

On “At Risk” List:

American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa Cimicifuga)

Bloodroot (Sangiunaria Canadensis)

Blue Cohosh – Caulophyllum thalictroides

Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) (Echinacea spp.)

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)

Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra)

Trillium, Beth Root (Trillium spp.)





Thanks for looking!!!😊


 
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We're at 68% now. $2,998 of a $4400 goal.

If you decide to support us, please note that you saw it on permies.com so that I can give some love to permies in the updates that are sent to contributors.

THANKS!!!
 
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We hit $3000 three days ago and that seems to be a plateau.. I'm thinking it might have been Christmas holidays that slowed us down and that momentum will pick back up after the weekend.

Any ideas how to move forward?

No response from permies yet except for Kate's excellent suggestions.
 
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Next in the queue was a daily-ish that mentioned your fundraiser, but now we are not sure whether to send it out, because we don't like putting our time and effort into getting things ready to promote your fundraiser, and then find comments from you that there has been "No response from Permies".

We are volunteers in a community. We're not here to spam people or to get things done instantly. If a project gets mentioned in the daily-ish, it's because we think it is of interest to our community, and because we take the time to write a non-spammy daily-ish that includes it, and it is only posted out at the appropriate time - sometimes there is urgent stuff that needs to go out first.
 
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Oh dear!  I didn't mean the post that way at all Kate.  I meant no one had said they were from permies.com in the donations. So that I can post that in the updates. I also meant the word permies as meaning people or a person who consider themselves a permie (like me), not the site or the volunteers who facilitate it.  I am sorry if my post gave offense.  I know everyone is busy and that this fundraiser is just one thing in a sea of many.  I hope I am not digging a bigger hole here.  I hope there will be no bad feelings, not because of whether or not you will promote the fundraiser, but because in these trying times the need for clear communication and understanding is more important than ever.  Peace.
 
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No worries. It can be hard to figure out what someone actually means when the words are on a screen.

We'll be mentioning your fundraiser in the daily-ish email in the next few days : )
 
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Thanks Kate.  That's why I don't do facebook or twitter and only post to permies.com and  a friend's blog;-)

Thank you also for putting the fundraiser in the daily-ish email.  That's very exciting!  I'll do what I can to send some love to permies.com.

And we are at 70% and moving again!!!
 
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We are at $3418 this morning....just a little less than a thousand to go to make our goal!!!

We have such lovely comments with the donations as well.  It is very satisfying! :-)
 
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Here are the Forest Friends for our sign so far.  Some wish to remain anonymous and are noted as such.  Name size and location are random.;-)  We look forward to adding more soon!
I look forward to adding permies.com !!!

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Tonight is the end of the crowdfunding campaign and we made it to our goal plus an extra $479!  We are very happy and thankful for the generosity of our donors.  I was able to discern two possible donors from permies although no one mentioned permies.com in their donation comments.  The blogger (John Michael Greer) bumped us again on his blog and his readers put us over our goal.  It's been fun and I appreciate the help of Kate Downham and the shoutout in the dailyish email.  I am not aware of any donation that came from the email, but it was very kind to do it.

Hope anyone who tries this type of crowdfunding has as much success as we did.

Thanks permies.com for the space to post this!
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