Our organization grew from the vision of Michael Paul Newman, a landlord who has rehabilitated several homes in Franklinton to become collaborative urban homesteads. He found two enterprising folks, Kevin Howell and Alex D’Amore-Braver, who sook to also spread the value of urban agriculture to the community. Since then we have improved the productivity of homestead garden sites, and created the Firebird Garden in collaboration with students from the Franklinton Preparatory Academy. The garden hosts Alex’s Civic Agriculture course, in which students understand the importance of urban agriculture, and are empowered to become both consumers and producers in that field. Over the semester, they also increase teamwork and communication skills. The garden is also host to other FPA classes, to develop environmental literacy through all academic lenses. It is also a space for community events, now complete with a stage and seating area. Through the work of the students and volunteers, the garden produces fresh food, which community members can earn through volunteer work or barter. Much of this food is distributed to students and their families, 99% of whom fall below the poverty line. We look forward to increasing our collaboration with volunteer groups for upkeep and new projects!
To build an affordable but effective greenhouse with the help of Franklinton Preparatory students and community workshop attendees. The greenhouse design is made of material which can be scrapped or cheaply acquired, such as rebar, wood, and metal pipe. The design is also fairly simple and replicable by high school students and families.
We need approximately $1076.95 for supplies. Our instructors will be paid by the school/volunteer their time.