Earthseed Land Cooperative!

$21,310 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 150 people in 25 months
Earthseed is a center for community resilience through cooperative ownership of land and resources. We are a transformational response to systemic oppression, committed to centering People of Color and other communities pushed to the margins. Based in Durham, NC, we are firmly rooted in the Southeast with deep connections to the Global South.

Our work is to support our members, our compañerxs in resistance, and our broader communities: to grow food, to grow jobs, to grow movements, to grow spirit and mind; to hold ceremony, to hold our differences, and to hold our common liberation.

In 2016, Earthseed Land Cooperative purchased a beautiful 48-acre property! This land has woods for roaming, fields for growing, and multiple structures to house our vision. Our members have already begun making trails, hosting groups, holding ceremony and saving seeds.

We are raising funds to transform one of the barns into a community gathering space on the land. Our goal is to raise $30K by 12/31/16. We are clear that our communities need access to space for convening, organizing, celebrating, healing and beyond.

With this initial seed funding, we will reinforce the structure, fully weatherize the barn complete with a HVAC system and be able to offer out a beautiful event space. In the longer-term we are committed to installing a certified community kitchen, a bathroom, a new well, and sleeping quarters.

We need your help to further this collective dream! We welcome your financial support to continue moving this great work forward! Please donate TODAY and forward to anyone else you think may be interested in supporting.

Thanks to some of our great friends, we’ve already raised $4,316 towards our goal!  If you want to become a SUSTAINER of Earthseed, you can do so by committing to a monthly amount ($10, $25 or $50). Please visit our website to sign up!  We are looking to gain at least 40 sustainers with this campaign!  

Donors of $500 and above can be part of our SUNSHINE CIRCLE---early investors in bringing the Earthseed Vision to life! Among other perks, joining the Sunshine Circle will allow you to participate in Earthseed-hosted workshops (about 1/month) for free. To see a list of upcoming workshops, visit our website!

To learn more about Earthseed Land Cooperative:
https://earthseedlandcoop.org

Earthseed’s Mission: To increase the self-determination of ourselves, our communities and generations to come, by providing access to land and structures that enable us to build wealth, foster environmental sustainability and actualize community wellness.


A bit about cooperatives: A cooperative enterprise is based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity, as well as accountability and transparency. And, it must operate democratically, according to a set of principles—set by the International Cooperative Alliance—that include open membership, equal voting rights for each member regardless of how much is invested (“one person, one vote”), returns based on use, continuous education, and concern for the community.
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Thanks to all the folks who contributed to our GoFundMe campaign (and those who contributed in spirit too!) to renovate the barn for community event space. The structural engineer has signed off on the first plans for renovation! Many thanks and lots more to come. Peace.
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What an amazing, beautiful and beloved community!

Although our fundraiser officially culminated on December 31st, we continue to receive love, encouragement and donations! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!

We've been able to raise $20,560!!! Plus, we just got a commitment from a friend/major donor for $5,000! PLUS...we're still working on securing the matching grants SO....it looks like we'll be able to make our goal (though a little later than we had predicted :)

In an ideal world we would have reached out to each and every one of you with a warm embrace so that you could experience our gratitude first hand, but given the realities of our chock-full-of-goodness-and-demands life (and that most of us are navigating paid work to make this happen) this message is 2nd best.

We are so grateful and look forward to staying connected in the next few months/years ahead!!!!

With gratitude and respect,
Corre, Courtney, Cristina, Justin, Kifu, Santos, Tahz and Zulayka (plus our 4 cute kids :)
Earthseed Founding Members at Lake Mayo
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Peace Community!

I do hope this post finds you well. We wanted to reach out to everyone again to help push us through our final days! We want your connections and network to know they have much chosen family in common with Earthseed :-)

We are still in need of your contribution to our community gathering space. We are more than halfway to achieving our goal of $30K. And we just found out that an organization called the Fund for Democratic Communities will most likely match donations up to $5000.00!

This process of opening up Earthseed to our broader communities has been such a gift. AND has bolstered us to stand firm in Earthseed’s purpose to hold space, to provide sanctuary for those of us pushed to the margins. We already have groups requesting to use the space for organizing in NC, African drumming class, a film screening, an Afroecology gathering, Indigenous foodways dinner, kids dance, and ceremonial healing.

And people like you, some who we know and don’t know, have been sending us love and prayer and money. What a beautiful testament to our community.

Our fundraiser is extended through Dec 31st. Please consider donating and inviting someone you know to donate to Earthseed. Every little bit helps.

Thank you again,

Earthseed Family

(Santos, Courtney, Cristina, Tahz, Zulayka, Corre, Justin, Kifu)
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Peace Community!

I do hope this email finds you well. I know that you have already contributed but I wanted to reach out to everyone again to help push us through our final days! We want your connections and network to know they have much chosen family in common. :-)

We are so grateful for your contribution to our community gathering space. We are more than halfway to achieving our goal of $30K. And we just found out that an organization called the Fund for Democratic Communities will most likely match donations up to $5000.00!

This process of opening up Earthseed to our broader communities has been such a gift. AND has bolstered us to stand firm in Earthseed’s purpose to hold space, to provide sanctuary for those of us pushed to the margins. We already have groups requesting to use the space for organizing in NC, African drumming class, a film screening, an Afroecology gathering, Indigenous foodways dinner, kids dance, and ceremonial healing.

And people like you, some who we know and don’t know, have been sending us love and prayer and money. What a beautiful testament to our community.

Our fundraiser is extended through Dec 31st. Please consider inviting someone you know to donate to Earthseed. Every little bit helps.

Thank you again,

Earthseed Family

(Santos, Courtney, Cristina, Tahz, Zulayka, Corre, Justin, Kifu)
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Raised by 150 people in 25 months
Created November 11, 2016
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