Heat for the Mushroom Ranch

$865 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 32 months
I'm an Urban Farmer and Educator in Detroit. I've been teaching people about gardening and sustaniability along with building community gardens since 1987.
Over the last few years with friends, we've raised and donated 2 1/2 tons of food for the hungry, helped plant gardens for seniors, gave temporary housing to 15 people,  hosted sustainability classes and Permaculture Design Courses, gave millions of seeds away, and taught healthy eating classes to preschoolers.
Over the years, I have worked and partnered with non-profits both locally and internationally.  Recently with the help of friends I've started a new non-profit called; Faith, Hope, and Unity Gardens.;soon we will have our very own non-profit status and continue our work while being able to take donations.
The house we plan to work out of is in desperate need of repair. In 09 the heating system was stolen and have been heating it with expensive dangerous kerosene heaters and electric space heaters. The electrical system needs to be undated and there is a second floor plumbing problem. At the farm where we hold educational events we need a water catchment system. and live-traps.
We realize this is a lot of money to ask for and we really believe in paying forward and repaying karmic debts. In exchange for this money; I will host a couple of Permaculture Design Courses and teach 20+ Detroit Students free of charge, we will hire local Detroit farmers to help teach the PDC, we will build the water catchment system for the community, we will make our Farmstead safe for us and everyone who comes to stay here, we'll pay the fee for the non-profit status, and if there is any left it will be invested in creating local economy.  With your help we can continue to build beautiful gardens, feed and educate people and help grow our local economy. We practice an attitude of gratitude and we will be forever grateful.
Thank you!
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We would like to Thank Everyone, who has helped us in our quest to fix some stuff around the Mushroom Ranch and get a heating system of some kind.

Over the last month we fixed a few small plumbing problems we were having. Built a turkey coop out of reclaimed lumber and bought the hardware for it. We replaced our broken washer with a new-for-us washer so we do not have to go to the laundrymat anymore.

We plug away at things but it always seems it's three steps up. two steps back.

We're working on the office for our newly formed non-profit along with working out bylaws for us. We will have an office in the Mushroom Ranch for Faith. Hope and Unity Gardens of Detroit.

At Spirit Farm we down sized our chickens after a big raccoon killed over half of them in a four day period. We will be working on better fencing before we try chickens there again.

We cleaned our Kerosene Heaters out, checked out fire extinguishers, and fired up these heaters again for this year since we have not raised money for the heating system yet.

I'd love to give out something to folks who make donations but i have no figured it out yet? I do have a lot of various organic seeds if anyone wants some just let me know we'll work some way to get them to you. Thanks. We are also open to suggestions.

There are so many good causes out there. Thank you for looking in on us.


Tuka and Jan
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Since last we posted a lot of things happened. Some good , some not so good. but that's life. We were able to file for non-profit status which we received so we are now officially a non-profit; though we have been doing this work under the radar since 1987.

This season was very hard with the early drought and the late season flooding. Our CSA really did not make us any money but we still had fun doing it.

We have made no headway in any of our house repairs since we did not have any money. Now it's fall and before we know it. it will be winter and we still have no heat. the electrical still needs to be repaired, and we have plumbing issues.

Jan was recently in the hospital and because we do not have health insurance we have a huge hospital and doctor bill. The thought of going through another winter with no heat is stressing us both out.

I'm going to start updating this more often and maybe figure out some kind of perk for people who donate to our house repairs which will not only house us but the non-profit and some educational workshops.

Thanks for looking in.

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$865 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 32 months
Created April 6, 2016
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julie martinson
24 months ago

you do amazing things and i am humbled to help support your efforts. With love your up north bud Jules

Naushad Koll
24 months ago

Grow and share your positivity to those around and far beyond.

Marilyn Dailey
24 months ago

Stay strong!

Liza Metz
24 months ago

You and Jan do amazing work. I wish I could give more. I hope this winter is mild, and uneventful for you both.

Dave Jordano
26 months ago

Hope things start looking up Kate.

Giovanna Cappi
26 months ago

With gratitude.

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