Alternative Educational Farm Camp for kids

Campaign Created by: Lee Harrison

The funds from this campaign will be received by Merwyn Harrison.

Goal: USD $250,000
Raised: USD $ 1,750
Alabama's First Alternative Educational Farm Day Camp. 
$250,000 needed... 

CADENCE BANK OF RAINBOW CITY IS OUR FIRST SPONSOR & JOINT CHIROPRACTIC IN GADSDEN HAS FOLLOWED AS THE SECOND SPONSOR. MEADOWLARKCOMPANIES, a Woman Owned Transportation Business - Mrs. Amanda Roth, Doty Transportation - Mike & Kelly.

A SBA Certified Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small CHRISTIAN Farm that feels this is how we can help our community and State we love so much.

Our Mission is to build Alabama's First "Alternative Educational Farm Day Camp" to bring students from around Alabama and the USA who are in an underserved environment, food desert, or any educational setting and teach them how we can work together to grow food in ways that they have never seen before and show them Gods wondrous miracle of food growth.  They will learn how the trucking industry is a huge part of the farming industry.  

This is Alabama's First Off-Site Educational Farm Camp that allows ALL Education Groups to come.

Our core group of 5th - 8th grade students will come to our farm AT NO COST.

We will provide an experience of farming that is all encompassing. Partnering with Alabama A&M University, Jacksonville State University, and Tuskegee University. We will have Professors that are uniquely qualified to come and talk to students. These professors are from the same backgrounds and can speak to the students in ways that others cannot.

We are already committed to Etowah and Calhoun County Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, Housing Authorities, Homeschoolers, Private Schools, Colleges and Universities, and ANY CHURCH INTERESTED.

The students will learn about Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Aeroponics, Indoor Farming, and Nutrient Film Technique Farming. They will be given an opportunity to plant their own seeds and via video watch their plants grow to harvest. At harvest we will take the plants they grew and take them to the school and they can eat what they grow.

Our farm will not only be available to this group but to any age group beyond the 5th grade level. We want to educate all that are interested in Water Conservation, Pollution Reduction, Refurbishing Buildings for Indoor Farming, Eradicating Food Deserts, and Feeding their own communities with a farm that is Local.
We have already purchased a 21,900 Sq. Ft. building and land for $250,000, but the building is outdated and needs a complete overhaul with electricity, inner and outer wall work, and of course the equipment for the Educational Farm Day Camp.

Please Help Us make a change in Future Farmers today, so they can feed us tomorrow.
The money raised will provide the following:
Completely Renovating the 21,900 Sq. Ft. Building: $100,000 (Electrical, Plumbing, Concrete Work, Walls, Outer LED Lights, and Video Equipment)
Hydroponic, Aeroponic, NFT, and Vertical Rack Systems: $30,000
HVAC: $30,000
Educational Materials for Kids: $40,000
$50,000 - Architecture Plans
Our actual Goal is a minimum $250,000 so we can have a Safe, State of the Art Educational Facility for Educationing Future Farmers.

We are hopeful that some of our local, county, state, and federal officials will see the benefit of this farm and be able to help us.
We are also hopeful that local Churches, Businesses, Corporations, and Individuals will see the benefit in investing in our younger kids with something as unique as this farm.

This Educational Farm will provide several jobs to Returning Citizens, College and High School Students who want to learn about new technology in Farming.

Thank you Ms. Sophia and all employees at CADENCE BANK for stepping up to help us Educate our kids.

ALL EXCESS FOOD GROWN THAT IS NOT SOLD WILL BE DONATED TO OUR 'COMMUNITY FOOD BANK OF CENTRAL ALABAMA', LOCAL CHURCHES AND SHELTERS.

PLEASE BE THE NEXT STUDENT, CORPORATION, BANK, BUSINESS, or INDIVIDUAL TO HELP US.

Gardens On Air - Alternative Educational Farm Team

Lara Littlejohn - CEO Salads2Go 

Lee & LeeAnn Harrison - GOA & Owner/Operator Meadow Lark Companies 

Destin Mince - FRIOS Gourmet Pops & GOA

Doug Miller - President, St. Lucie Battery & Tire & GOA

Dr. Jocelyn Moore - JSU Associate Professor & GOA Partner 

Dr. Barrett Vaughan - TU Associate Professor & GOA Partner 

Dr. Teresa Merriweather-Orok - AA&M Professor & Executive Director & GOA Partner 

UPDATES

Thank You Kristin
April 4, 2022
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Thank you so much for believing in our Community Project.  You have been an awesome friend for many years and I'm blessed for having you in my life.

Lee

Thank You Nicole
April 2, 2022
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Nicole,

      Thank you so much for believing in our dream. It's people like you that will help us make our community a better place. 

I appreciate you.

Lee

Russ & Tina
March 4, 2022
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Russ & Tina,

     I am absolutely thrilled that you see the benefit of our project.  I have been extremely blessed to become part of the family and y\'all,  the #talkintruckin team, Mike & Kelly, Amanda, Ray, Christian.... I mean ... its an amazing family at Meadow Lark... Thank you for accepting me... 

Lee

Ray Nieto
March 4, 2022
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Ray,

     God Bless Brother. I greatly appreciate your support. 

Lee

Meadow Lark Companies
March 2, 2022
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Mrs. Amanda Roth,

      Thank you so much for your contribution.  Meadow Lark Companies is an awesome company and I appreciate you all.

Update #2
February 19, 2022
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Thank you so much for your $50 donation to our Educational Farm.  

Update #2
February 19, 2022
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Thank you so much for your $50 donation to our Educational Farm.  

Anonymous Donation
February 10, 2022
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Thank you so much for your passion for our community.  Your $250 Donation will be used to educate our up and coming farmers. God Bless...

Gardens On Air Team


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