MY URBAN FARM LAND OWNERSHIP PROJECT

PLEASE SUPPORT MY URBAN FARM and LAND OWNERSHIP PROJECT Hello! My name is LeTicia and I desire to purchase less than 10 acers of farmland! I am a proud native of Kentucky who has lived and worked in Louisville for almost two decades, but I grew up on my grandparents farm and pay lake in South central Kentucky.  My urban farm is more than just growing food and other plants. It’s about cultivating the growth of people and the community - in order to take better care of ourselves, and each other. It is a frame of mind - a conscious decision to learn and grow ourselves and improve our health holistically. It’s an intentional display of how we can individually reclaim our own spaces, enjoy, reap the rich resources it bears and share the excess.   With any new endeavor, it is wise to start small, and show growth. So that is the plan here too. Start small, and show growth. Stay rooted, but flexible and open to dreaming big. I will begin farming on my less than a quarter of an acre plot and grow to finally purchase less than 10 acres of land to farm here in the city. This fundraiser is being started to help level-up my urban gardening hobby into a small scale urban farm that will feed my family and the community around me! However it unfolds, it will be solid and grassroots-driven; exploding with opportunities for anyone, no matter their age or experience, to grow food, become more self-sufficient, and sustainable. To all supporters...I am truly humbled and grateful for your generosity and your gifts. THANK YOU. Thank you especially for uplifting the voices and efforts of Black women, black-owned businesses (future goals), and our local agricultural community. ALL monetary gifts will be used for the start-up costs. This includes, but not limited to: 1. Equipment (tractor, tiller, seeder, etc) and infrastructure (3-5 greenhouses, drip irrigation, on-sight grow space for edible food bearing plants, cooler, etc) for my urban farm. The farm will eventually provide fresh, naturally grown produce for at least 8-10 months out of the year (the farm plans to pursue the endorsement of Certified Naturally Grown and KY Proud). 2. Water catchment systems that will allow for the collection of rainwater on the property to reduce the use of city water because we believe rainwater is the best water for the plants, our bodies and more cost effective long term. An aquifer (deep water well; costs roughly $10,000) 3. Community projects that include creating FREE and affordable food gardens and access to fresh produce in the food deserts of our city, specifically the zip codes 40215, 40212, 40211, 40210 where the median household income is less than $25,000/yr and access to fresh produce is very, very limited. 4. Purchasing less than 10 acers of farmland here in the city. 5. Create jobs: Hire at lease 2 full time employees, 3 part time employees This farm will be... 1. Have an educational gardening/farming component that will offer receive garden coaching services and the purchase of plant starts from our onsite nursery (flowers, vegetables, herbs, and some berries)  2. Allow community groups and/or individuals access to  garden/farming plots and greenhouses to start, grow, and/or expand their hobbies and businesses 3. Intentionally create a network of market vendors that supply fresh produce, herbs, honey, and other natural products to areas that have historically experienced lack of access to naturally grown foods right in our city! Food deserts and food insecurity are REAL. This farm will be a part of the solution THE GOAL: $500,000 BY AUG 1ST 2021
  • Joni Jenkins 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Holly Clark 
    • $25 
    • 9 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 11 mos
  • Seamus Allman 
    • $25 
    • 20 mos
  • Miriam Lavine 
    • $50 
    • 21 mos
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Organizer

LeTicia Marshall 
Organizer
Louisville, KY