Quiwi Produce Urban Farm

$12,040 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 10 months
What is Quiwi Produce?

Quiwi Produce  is an urban farm that was start in 2013 but was not officially name until 2014 founded by Nadia Ruffin. It was created to combat one of many food deserts in the Cincinnati area. In many neighborhoods people do not have access to fresh produce because there are no grocery stores. As a results the health and wellbeing of these individuals suffers because they are forced to eat unhealthy food. There was also an outcry from people who wanted to grow their own food but did not know how or thought they could not because of where they lived (i.e. an apartment).

Why was this campaign created?
Quiwi Produce currently operates on a small residential lot and out of an office in Cincinnati,Ohio . We would like to expand our operation by starting a small scale hydroponics farm using a portion of my empty lot (16ftx32ft area). The grow will be housed in the hoophouse purchased back in 2015 by funds raised through another gofundme campaign. The hoophouse will be powered by solar energy. The money raised in this campaign will go towards purchasing items to build an NFT, dutch bucket and deep water culture system. Some of the funds will also be used to buy more secure deer netting. I would also purchase a used tractor with a tiller.

What is our goal?
Quiwi Produce envisions a transformed food system in which every citizen in Cincinnati has access to safe, nutritious, and affordable food grown by a local farm. In Cincinnati 25% of the population does not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables because they live in low income communities that are known as food deserts. By creating Quiwi Produce we hope to adopt a sustainable, local food system that will enhance human and animal health, preserve the environment and educate the masses on good urban agricultural practices.

Cincinnati, Ohio, like many cities in the United States, faces health and environmental challenges, including the obesity and diabetes epidemics and the contamination of soil, water, and air.  There is also a limited space to farm. There has been a plea from consumers to find out where their food comes from. Quiwi Produce has the potential to deliver a multitude of benefits:
• Promote healthy eating
• Reduce fuel consumption
• Preserves greenspace and farmland by utilizing hydroponics/aquaponics in indoor operations and utilizing empty lots in the city
• Eliminate the use of harmful pesticides
• Build local economies
• Create new jobs in the future
• Teach agricultural techniques
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Good Evening Everyone,

I would like to update you all on what has been going on with me. I received a $10,000 grant from the Royal Neighbor's Foundation for Quiwi Produce to expand my business and improve the community. The check was present to me on January 20, 2018. Click here to read the article https://www.royalneighbors.org/our-foundation/our-grants/know-your-worth-grant

Thank you to everyone that helped me celebrate my birthday and accomplishments on January 21. Thank you to everyone that has contributed to this campaign.
Royal Neighbor's Know Your Worth Grant
Cincinnati's Urban Agriculture Program
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I received an Urban Agriculture Grant from the city of Cincinnati to purchase deer fencing for my urban farm. This will come in handy to keep deer out of my farm. Each year I lose a lot of crops because they come in and eat it all up.
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Hey everyone I would like to update you all. I was invited the National Black Farmers Association's 27th Conference in Hattiesburg, MS. I received the Farmer of the Year award. I also presented about alternative farming systems like hydroponics, mushroom cultivation and vermiculture. On my way home I stopped to visit my family in Alabama and was gifted an acre of land.
My acre. Needs to be cleared
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Good evening everyone. I would like to thank everyone that has contributed to my campaign so far. I have decided that a 6 acre farm is not going to be in the best interest to purchase at the moment. I do not want to incur such a large financial burden. So what I am going to do is use the land I already owne and improve it so that I can use it more efficiently. I have reduced the campaign amount to $30K.

I would like to use a 16ftx32ft (maybe a little more) area on the farm to setup hydroponics inside a hoophouse. I already have a 16x16 hoophouse and would like to expand the length along with buy supplies needed to build an NFT, Dutch bucket and Deep Water Culture System. I would also like to improve the fencing to keep wildlife out.
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$12,040 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 10 months
Created June 2, 2017
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Cincinnati City Urban Farming Grant
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Laura Rost
3 months ago

I've learned a lot from your posts! Best of luck.

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