Cooperative Gardens Commission

is creating community food production resource-sharing, and food sovereignty

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Seed Money

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$6
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This will help us cover shipping costs of seeds! We are kind of terrible about asking for financial support, our focus was on the task and timeline. So far we have sent free seeds to over 257 local seed hubs, and intend to continue seed distribution efforts for coming seasons as well. Our operating costs cover shipping materials, shipping, purchasing growing materials for people.

So far about $4,000 has been spent out-of-pocket to cover these costs.
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Starting Seedlings

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$10
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Our org has taken root! Help nourish further developments.
We've created a report of what was accomplished over 2020 and what we are aiming for in 2021. This is available on our website, but we can email you a copy of it for your convenience! After your 2nd month of support email us directly to demand we order and mail you this mug!
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Plant Trees

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$35
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If you contribute at this level it will help us continue sustainable growth. We can send you a printed copy of the 2020 report. You will also receive the following gifts over the course of the year. We appreciate our supporters!
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Fund Our Organizing

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$100
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Traditional funding sources such as grants for non-profits are on our radar, but we do not have a dedicated grant writer. Many of our volunteers have been impacted by COVID-19 and are hustling to find work while continuing to contribute to the growth of CGC. Supporting this fund would allow us to help the group that regularly contributes cover basic living expenses.

You will receive updates about organizers receiving your support! In addition you will receive sweet reminders of the work you're supporting including the Plot to Save the World mug and t-shirt, the All Hands All Seeds organic tote, and our Coop Gardens sticker.
We can also mail you a print copy of the 2020 report!
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  • Supporting Gardens
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Micro-Grant Program

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$250
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Focus your funding and support towards our in-development micro-grants program. There are many gardens struggling to serve community in 2020. Our grants will prioritize BIPOC led farms and food related businesses, following our core values. You will receive updates about programs receiving your support!

In addition you will receive sweet reminders of the work you're supporting including the Plot to Save the World mug and t-shirt, the All Hands All Seeds organic tote, and our Coop Gardens sticker.
We can also mail you a print copy of the 2020 report!
  • Printed Copy of the Report
Exclusive Merch
Fulfilled by Patreon
Includes
  • Exclusive Poster - Thank you for this important form of life-giving support!
  • Exclusive Hoodie - Thank you for this important form of life-giving support!
  • Exclusive Organic Tote Bag - Thank you for this important form of life-giving support!
  • Exclusive Mug - Thank you for this important form of life-giving support!

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About Cooperative Gardens Commission

Cooperative Gardens Commission (CGC) started in March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. CGC is a decentralized collective of volunteers working to increase community food production, resource-sharing, and food sovereignty especially in communities that were struggling before the pandemic.

Due to the lack of fresh healthy food, and access to food and seed sources, CGC initiated a “Call to Action” for farmers, gardeners, seed keepers, seed savers and entrepreneurs, Black, Indigenous, and Peoples of Color (BIPOC), and the displaced business community. The call was to come together in order to create a sustainable regenerative way to disseminate and create seeds hubs and educational resources to communities on a national, and now international, level.

Over the course of 2020 our grassroots development took root! Individuals and organizations use these distributed resources in ways that suit specific needs of their communities. The overall goal of CGC is to empower local movements toward food security by creating a network of food growers through gardening and farming. These networks will grow into resilient communities that become healthier, more vibrant and interconnected.

Now is the time for a dedicated, collective effort to cultivate as much nutrient dense food as possible. Globally, the number of people approaching starvation rose 40% in the last year, from 135 to 270 million. In a special session held by the UN December, 2020 the first ever to address a pandemic. It was determined that food security and humanitarian needs must be prioritized. “Famine is literally on the horizon,” said David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme.

As of the end of 2020 CGC has provided free seeds to an estimated 12,000 gardens via 257 local seed hubs in 41 states.


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