Urban Wildflower Meadow

$2,685 of $2,205 goal

Raised by 54 people in 34 months

This plot of land has a rich and vibrant history. It was once home to the great Westinghouse complex, a factory built while the American industrial revolution was in full force. Here, Seth Boyden invented his renowned patent leather and Thomas Edison started his brilliant career. In the 1890s, before Eastman-Kodak, Hannibal Goodwin perfected plastic camera film right here. However, the building’s glory faded over the 1950s, yielding to a different landscape and history.

The warehouse then stood as a solemn testimony to history before its final demolition in 2007. Every day, on my way to and from high school, I observe weeds strewn about the lot. Now, it is up to my generation to imbue these symbolic three acres with new life.  I dream of a meadow full of lovely flowers rather than scrawny weeds. Last spring, we sowed 25 pounds wildflower seeds along the sidewalks and were rewarded with many bright colors. However, I envision greater heights: the entire plot covered in blooms. This spring, I want meet the challenge head on, but I need your help to transform this dream into a reality.

Any contributions will be used to pay for: equipment rentals: a tiller ($96.00), a roller ($19.00), and a seeder ($34.98) all from Home Depot, and 100 lbs of Dry Area Wildflower Seed Mix from American Meadows ($1895.90 plus shipping). I would love to reach my goal in early spring, by April. If we are able to realize this dream it would incredible. It would prove that proactively, together, people can make a real change in their own environments and lives.
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Thank you all for your continued donations. Thanks to the recent donations that were given to this fundraiser, we were able to afford two banners!
(photo credits: Myles Zhang)
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More photos! Thank you all for your lovely comments and continued support, the colors change almost every day.
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Dear Supporters,

It has been many months since my last check in and your last update. Naturally during the long winter, no flowers were to be seen. The field was grey and seeded with debris and soda cans again. However, once Spring began to creep around the corner, little buds were to be found. I wondered if they were weeds or flowers. These past few weeks have answered that question: See for yourselves! (There is even our little pup, Oskar, to be seen in the background.)
(Oskar)
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Any of those who want to check up on the progress please feel free to check out the blog updates.
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Zemin Zhang
19 months ago
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Maia, bring these flowers to Ithaca, and to everywhere you go around the world. I will be here to tend your garden and wait for you.

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Ken Walker
19 months ago
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I was just sending Sarah photos of these flowers. Congratulations, Maia, and thank you for taking initiative to beautify our city.

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Arturo E Osorio
19 months ago
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The space is so much vibrant. Now colors and life welcome people walking out of the train station

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Madeline Ruiz Robinson
19 months ago
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I've been watching your urban meadow this spring. So beautiful to see.

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Maria Corradini
19 months ago
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Thank you, Maia!! This made my day. Well done!

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Susan Chenelle
18 months ago

Nice job, Maia! The flowers look especially beautiful after all the rain last week!

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Philip Chang
34 months ago

I just want to know: who own this property now. When you plan to planing the flower over it, the owner will have any objection? The City Government's position on this matter is what? Regardless what other people will do or not do, I am here to supporting your endeavor---the beautiful flower everywhere!!

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$2,685 of $2,205 goal

Raised by 54 people in 34 months
Created February 14, 2016
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CP
$50
Camelia Prodan
6 months ago

Beautiful wildflowers by Broad Street!

RT
$35
Rosemary Thurston
18 months ago
1
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So beautiful!

NH
$25
Nancy Holmstrom
18 months ago
1
1

What a lovely idea.

LH
$100
LiJuan He
29 months ago
1
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Great job Maia! I am very proud of you!

LG
$50
Linda Gee
33 months ago
1
1

Go Urban Wildflower Meadow! Good luck on transforming the land and convincing the City to do something about this historical landmark.

ME
$50
Mark & Linda Epps
33 months ago
1
1

We are happy to support the beautification of our neighborhood. The goal should be to have the physical profile of the neighborhood reflect the wonderful warmth and concern of the people who life here.

CG
$15
Colleen Gutwein
33 months ago
1
1

Great idea! I will have to come back and photograph you there again with the flowers.

Zemin Zhang
19 months ago
1
1

Maia, bring these flowers to Ithaca, and to everywhere you go around the world. I will be here to tend your garden and wait for you.

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Ken Walker
19 months ago
1
1

I was just sending Sarah photos of these flowers. Congratulations, Maia, and thank you for taking initiative to beautify our city.

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Arturo E Osorio
19 months ago
1
1

The space is so much vibrant. Now colors and life welcome people walking out of the train station

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Madeline Ruiz Robinson
19 months ago
1
1

I've been watching your urban meadow this spring. So beautiful to see.

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Maria Corradini
19 months ago
1
1

Thank you, Maia!! This made my day. Well done!

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Susan Chenelle
18 months ago

Nice job, Maia! The flowers look especially beautiful after all the rain last week!

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Philip Chang
34 months ago

I just want to know: who own this property now. When you plan to planing the flower over it, the owner will have any objection? The City Government's position on this matter is what? Regardless what other people will do or not do, I am here to supporting your endeavor---the beautiful flower everywhere!!

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