Gulfport Community Garden

$785 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 52 months

Did you know the typical food item at a supermarket travels 1,500 miles to get there? It’s true. It’s also true that the trucks that deliver that food run on fossil fuels. This means that as the price of oil continues to rise, so will the price of supermarket foods. This is just one of the many reasons why it’s so important to have a dependable, local food supply.
     Plus, when you buy locally grown food, 73% of the money you spend stays in the community (versus 43% when you shop at a non-locally owned business); and money that stays in the community can be used to create new jobs, increase worker wages, and generate new economic activity.
     Inspired by these facts, community members have been hard at work designing a community garden that will set Gulfport, Florida on a path towards greater food security and self-reliance. The Garden will be a place for (all) people to come together and get educated and “re-skilled”, while having fun,  growing food, creating a sense of belonging and trust, and increasing community resilience.
     The goal of this crowdfunding campaign is to raise enough funds to begin transforming the space and putting our plan into action. *See the following links for specific details on:

*garden's lay-out 
*main elements
*specific goals.
   If you feel compelled to support this project, you can do so in a number of  ways:
     *Make a general donation (May be applied to the first or subsequent stages of this project''s development, including our monthly water bill).
 *Make a specific donation (Let us know if you'd like your donation to go towards a specific item from our wish list below.)
   *Volunteer your time.

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about our vision for the  Gulfport Community Garden.  Join us on Facebook, and keep an eye out for regular updates in The Gabber.

Happy Gardening!
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Last Sunday we engaged in our first group art project, coming together to make stepping stones from recycled materials in celebration of a member's birthday. We also chowed down on a delicious carrot cake and other snacks in between spreading a fresh layer of mulch throughout the garden. What a fun and productive day!
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A big thanks to Sierra Wooten for sharing her carpentry skills with the rest of the crew! --We now have a beautiful new seed table! --And thanks to Kevin Moore for the pavers (and thanks to Diane Tomain for picking them up and laying them out)! They look great between the rows! Mark and Louis Earl Mcclanahan did a great job helping Sierra with the table, Jenny Reisner provided us all with ice cold tea, and Laura Clarke gave the food forest a nice drink. Great day in the garden!
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11/20/2015 We added a new tree to our Forest Garden: an Everbearing Mulberry. The tree was donated by good friends of the garden, in honor of a member's mother that recently passed away. ----Mulberries taste similar to blackberries, and this particular variety produces fruits nearly year round. In addition to providing a food source, this tree also fixes nitrogen into the soil--making it a great companion for other fruit trees.
Everbearing Mulberry( in memory of Kath)
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The Gecko Garden Crew gathered for it's second meeting of the fall growing season, and accomplished a great deal:

*We added a nice thick layer of compost to our grow beds.
*Transplanted 50 + tomato, pepper, and eggplant starts (generously donated by Carla's Garden and Homemade Goodies) into the new square foot garden beds.
*The beds were also direct seeded with kale, turnips, and basil.
*One of the garden's two Moringa Trees was "chopped and dropped"--it's leaves scattered throughout the Permaculture Food Forest. (The leaves are packed full of nutrients, so not only will they serve as a weed suppressing mulch, but they'll also feed the Food Forest as they break down.) --When planted in soil, the woody cuttings from the Moringa will sprout roots and produce new trees.
*Seeds of Ethiopian Kale, cilantro, lettuce, arugula, basil, and a basic salad mix were broadcast throughout the Food Forest.
*Rogue vines were removed from the fence, and our rosemary shrubs and Cuban Oregano got a nice trim. (Their cuttings will be used to propagate new plants.)
*A new member prepped our raised bed--which has officially been designated for the growing of herbs.
*It was announced that the garden will soon be receiving a new fruit tree (donated in memory of a member's mother); possibly a dwarf mulberry
*Talks are underway about a second annual rummage sale, to raise funds for the garden's monthly water bill. (Last year's rummage sale was a great success)

The garden is looking fantastic, and the weather this time of year is perfect for outdoor gardening! So come join in the fun! And stay tuned for the time and date of our rummage sale. --Also check The Gabber for our upcoming article by reporter Helen Simon who stopped by the meeting to check on our progress.
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$785 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 52 months
Created August 17, 2014
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Judy Reichler
33 months ago

Wish I could be there. Good fun for a good cause.

Paul Ray
35 months ago

to assist in shortages of funds this month. Keep up the great work

Jenny Reisner
35 months ago

Help water bill. We've had many nice fresh veggies and are grateful we have this in our community.

Laura Clarke
35 months ago

This is my contribution to help Gulfport Community Garden stay current and up to date with it's water bill until our fundraiser event Dance For Plants April 29, 2016. My $60. contribution will cover February's water bill.

George Zarillo
35 months ago

I wanted to make sure our water bill was covered for now!

37 months ago
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