Let's Create an Art-Filled Gift Economy Food Forest in York, Pennsylvania, Because It Would Be Freaking Awesome!

Let's Create an Art-Filled Gift Economy Food Forest in York, Pennsylvania, Because It Would Be Freaking Awesome!

From Eleanor Justice

I'm creating an art-filled gift economy food forest on a farm in York, PA. (And maybe just changing the way the world sees farming in the process)

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Update #36

9 months ago

Howdy, friends! First, thank you so much for believing in my vision ~ I can't tell you how much I value your support and encouragement.

The campaign to purchase the blueberry farm has essentially fizzled, but the contributions made so far (and until the campaign actually ends) will all be used to establish a food forest in York, PA.

I've met with the founders of Spoutwood Farm in Glen Rock (Southern York), we scouted the land, and discussed my vision. They've given me the greenlight to make my proposal to the board, and if the board is on board, we'll move on to the next stage of designing and building a much smaller food forest on Spoutwood.

So I failed in my efforts to save the blueberry farm, but your help has made it possible to create a food forest in York, which is a fine and beautiful thing. Thank you so much, and I look forward to sharing the creation process with you.

Walk in Beauty,
Eleanor

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UPDATE: The art-filled, gift economy food forest WILL be established on a  smaller scale on  Spoutwood Farm (a gorgeous, 501c3 educational farm, and home of the Fairie Festival and Mother Earth Harvest Fair)

The Spoutwood board said YES to my proposal (yay!) and soon we'll be determining the next steps that will move us towards the design and building process of the food forest.

This campaign will remain live for the foreseeable future, and every contribution made to this campaign will be used to create the food forest on Spoutwood Farm (your contribution will help pay for expenses such as soil testing, design, land shaping, plants/trees, building the labyrinth, creating and installing art, etc.)

Thank you so much for believing in this beautiful dream ~ it's different than I originally envisioned, but adaptability is a good thing. The art-filled  food forest vision remains strong and we're making it happen together!

Thank you for being a part of this amazing process.

Walk in Beauty,Eleanor

Imagine gathering interesting, delicious fruit like persimmons, goji berries, goumis, medlars, aronia berries, tibetan chocolate vines, hog plums, and more all grown with love, zero chemicals, and offered to you as a gift!

Sound amazing? You are right it IS!

Our vision is to combine unconventional sustainable agriculture methods with interactive outdoor art to create a truly fabulous new kind of farm. A food forest farm, filled with art, operated on a gift economy! I know, right? Awesome! This idea is the kind of niftyness that HAS to happen!

You can totally get in on this, whether it's by chipping in a few bucks, joining as a fundraiser or just spreading the word about our vision. We need lots of eyeballs and you can help with that, easy!

Join us on this exciting journey to cultivate awesome!

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
9 months ago

This is where we stand

Howdy, friends! First, thank you so much for believing in my vision ~ I can't tell you how much I value your support and encouragement.

The campaign to purchase the blueberry farm has essentially fizzled, but the contributions made so far (and until the campaign actually ends) will all be used to establish a food forest in York, PA.

I've met with the founders of Spoutwood Farm in Glen Rock (Southern York), we scouted the land, and discussed my vision. They've given me the greenlight to make my proposal to the board, and if the board is on board, we'll move on to the next stage of designing and building a much smaller food forest on Spoutwood.

So I failed in my efforts to save the blueberry farm, but your help has made it possible to create a food forest in York, which is a fine and beautiful thing. Thank you so much, and I look forward to sharing the creation process with you.

Walk in Beauty,
Eleanor

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
12 months ago

A Year And A Day

A year and a day ago Vanessa and I launched our current Fundly campaign to save the blueberry farm, and transform it into a sustainable art-filled food forest farm.

I am so grateful for your support and encouragement along this journey, which has already had many twists and turns.

The many sideroads that we’ve explored over the past year with the intent of effecting the large-scale changes I intend, included not only the start of our nonprofit organization, Widespread Resilience, but also a time-consuming foray into the world of unscripted television.

It’s a weird-ass world, let me tell you.

But, despite having received a couple of (almost acceptable) offers, it has taken too long for things to adequately materialize on that end and we’re not going to continue to pursue it as a platform at this time.

(Oh my, though -- was it ever exciting when it looked like we’d be able to operate this season on a gift economy basis. Sadly, we won’t -- 2014 season berries are still paid for by the pound with the money going to the owner to cover some of the costs of operating the farm -- but it was close there for a while.)

There is big news, however.

We have decided to find a local organization to partner with to create a smaller food forest now, because so few people have heard of food forests, and it takes so long for them to be created and get established.

We’ve determined several York-based locations that are excellent possibilities and are reaching out to them to explore the potential of establishing York’s First Food Forest on their land, while we continue developing our nonprofit organization. (So many simultaneous learning curves!)

When we have reached an agreement, we will announce the location of York’s First Food Forest, and in the meantime will keep the campaign running. All contributions to the current campaign will be used to create a food forest, it’s just going to be somewhere other than on the blueberry farm.

This is not to say that we have abandoned all hope of someday transforming this particular farm, but it has been a year now and it’s still up for sale.

As much as I believe in miracles it doesn’t look like we’ll magic up a million before the start of blueberry season so it makes several kinds of sense to go ahead and create York’s First Food Forest elsewhere.

Then we will be able to point to the food forest and say “this, but bigger!”

I look forward to there being many food forests and food forest farms, starting in York (because York is particularly awesome) and expanding nationally.

So! This is where we stand at a year and a day, and this is where we’re headed. I hope you’ll want to continue the journey with us!

Thank you again for your help and encouragement, and I look forward to sharing the literal fruits of our labor with you sooner rather than later!

Walk in Beauty,
Eleanor
May 2, 2014

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

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The peeps are peeping! Spring is officially here on the farm! Next: daffodils, and lambs at the next farm over http://youtu.be/EkCXOXxAp3w

Mary Ellen Ryall commented on a blog post:
9 months ago
It is near August and I see you and the peepers have moved on. Good for you Eleanor. I posted your post to the social network. Good luck.

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

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We're making some changes to the campaign~what do you think of our new tagline: Offbeat Agriculture + Art + Love = Awesome! Shiny, yes? :)

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Springing Into Gear!

Winter's icy grip is starting to melt (literally, yay!) the bushes have been pruned and we're gearing up for the next wave of campaigning to turn this farm into York PA's first food forest farm!

You can help by spreading the word online: http://fundly.com/blueberrygirlsmiracle

Stephen Kob commented on a blog post:
about 1 year ago
So exciting....can't wait!

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Exciting News!

There are behind-the-scenes things going on that may end up with us being able to run the blueberry operation on a gift economy basis THIS COMING SEASON!

The campaign may be the longest crowdfunding campaign in the short history of long crowdfunding campaigns, because we will be extending it through the coming season (a million bucks is a lot of money to raise, but it CAN be done!) and we have not yet "saved" the farm, but it's really exciting that there is a strong possibility that we will be able to offer the 2014 blueberries to people as a gift.

So stay tuned, there's more stuff in the works but I don't want to jinx it! Cross your fingers for us, and keep spreading the word about our campaign to transform this farm from a blueberry monoculture into a sustainable, art-filled food forest farm operated on a gift economy basis.

Squee!

Jennifer Darr commented on a blog post:
over 1 year ago
I've picked blueberries at the farm the last two seasons. I'm so excited my kids and I may be able to do it again this year :) HAPPY

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

It doesn't have to be this way

Agriculture currently uses over 70% of all consumptive water use. It doesn't have to be this way. http://blueberrygirlsmiracle.com/2013/11/04/it-doesnt-have-to-be-this-way/

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

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The flooding around the farm recently highlights the importance of cultivating resilient food systems like perennial food forests.

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

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More news coverage! Did you know our HuffPo coverage happened because 2 supporters recommended us? Where would YOU like to see us next?

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

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We've put a new post up on the blog and you can read it here: http://blueberrygirlsmiracle.com/2013/09/05/inspiration-and-action/

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Researchers say you should totally help us fundraise!

This article on HuffingtonPost (http://huff.to/1djGVRw) outlines how contributing time, advocating for someone and organizing a group drive are all super fulfilling and you should totally do all three.

JOIN US as a fundraiser -- donate your time. advocate for our cause and gather some folks together to help you (coworkers, your family, your knitting or blacksmithing group -- people you like!) and get creative with it!

DO GOOD AND HAVE FUN and click the "become a fundraiser" link here to get started: http://www.fundly.com/blueberrygirlsmiracle

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Thought Leaders & Wise Hearts

Award-winning filmmaker and spiritual activist Velcrow Ripper, director of the gorgeous film Occupy Love, is now a supporter of our campaign. Thought leaders and wise-hearted people from all over the world are gathering around and lending their support ~ and it's beautiful!

"I only take one side: that of Love." -- Velcrow Ripper

Join with some of the brightest minds and wisest hearts on the planet today and help us to create a sustainable gift economy food forest farm by clicking here: http://fundly.com/blueberrygirlsmiracle

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

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We're the HuffingtonPost Go-Givers of the Week! SHARE WIDELY!! http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3791362?1377550494

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

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“We have it in our power to begin the world again.”— Thomas Paine. Join with us & become a fundraiser! www.Fundly.com/BlueberryGirlsMiracle

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

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"The enemy right now is simply refusing to understand that the world is changing." -- Neil Gaiman (Yes. What he said.)

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over 1 year ago

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"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” ~ Arundhati Roy

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

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You are here to make a difference in our world. http://youtu.be/S16xUKypfeM

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

How to Transform the World in Five Minutes

“We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” ― Howard Zinn

Do you have a deep-seated desire to change the world?

You can! Please join the BlueberryGirlsMiracle campaign -- become a fundraiser to help us create this food forest farm operated on a gift economy basis.

It's easy, and exactly the sort of transformative act that makes a direct and positive impact.

Just visit fundly.com/BlueberryGirlsMiracle and click the text link under the big blue donation button that says "Join up! Become a Fundraiser!"

Fill in as much or as little information about what inspires you, and voila! You've created your own fundraiser page! (You've also undertaken a small act that helps transform the world. And you didn't even have to break a sweat! Go you!)

From there, you can be as engaged as you feel inspired to be -- you can rally all your friends to make their own fundraising pages, create fundraising groups or events at your office or social clubs, or some other creative avenue that resonates with you.

Join in as a fundraiser -- it's actually pretty heroic.

Please join in and click the "become a fundraiser" link at fundly.com/BlueberryGirlsMiracle now!

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Eleanor Justice posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Berries winding down, campaign gearing up!

The blueberries are rapidly dwindling, which means fewer folks coming to the farm every day, which means we need to amp up how many people we reach online. Fortunately, Fundly is having a giveaway in the next 24 hours that should encourage you to join us as a fundraiser! All you have to do is download the Fundly app and for every $100 you raise, you're entered to win an iPad Mini. If you've been on the fence about becoming a fundraiser with us, this ought'a help encourage you, right?

So download the free Fundly app and start fundraising with us -- you'll definitely make a difference, and you COULD win an iPad Mini! (And do it, like, right now, because this Fundly giveaway is only going on for another 24 hours!)

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