*Original meetup from Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs' Meetup; since their meetup is apparently open to all Meetup members, I'm piggy-backing on theirs as a chance to gather people to talk about social entrepreneurship, which certainly falls under their umbrella.
Jan 22, Tues, 7pm; The Revv. 122 Meyran Avenue, Oakland
I'm compiling a list of people who want to start a garden in their backyards (or workspace, or friend's backyard, at church, or any green space) but have not yet done so (lacking the knowledge, time, people, or energy). This list I'll share with a select group of gardeners, so that something like a Grow Food Party Crew--a larger, informal group of people of varying levels of gardening knowledge. We HAVE done this before, as in the Digging & Starting Bloomfield Garden Meetup, and the picture above--andwe finished that garden.
If people are interested, RSVP, comment, AND THEN contact me personally if you want to suggest a particular place you want to get some help planting a garden in, and what specifically you'd want there. That's no guarantee you'll get a garden, but at least you'll be on your way to being put into a list of people who WANT to start gardens. Obviously people with some existing gardening resources (tools, plants, seeds, money, expertise etc) are going to get prioritized, but that doesn't automatically exclude others.
On January 7th I sent this email to those who RSVP'd that significantly changes up the tone of the event and proposes a first meeting, reflected in the time and date's solidification:
There are some possible monthly meetup dates below, to talk about doing a feasibility study & more for a Grow Food Party Crew-esque social enterprise (and to talk about other social enterprise). For example, we could meet monthly, 7pm 4th Tuesdays at the Revv (as part of their open Entrepreneurs' Meetup), and also 1st Sundays, 2pm, Squirrel Hill Library. You said you were interested in the Grow Food Party Crew, is why you're getting this. Let me know if you're still interested, what times would work for you, and whatever other thoughts you have. ;) Such as answers to the questions that are also below:
Some questions that might lead to more gardens in more back yards (and maybe money!):
What are you willing to give to have a garden in your backyard? A one-day feast? Your own time? Money? Would any of those things inspire others to give you their time, labor, and expertise? What if they were learning how to build a garden by helping to build a garden at your place, directed by experienced gardeners? Might they pay for that experience? How would we compensate the people with expertise? Is that easier than paying everyone who's gardening? Does that make up for the fact that many of these gardeners will be inexperienced? Can it sustain financially without burning anyone out?
John Creasy of Garfield Farms told me over coffee there mightbe grant money in this, such as fromTRCF. I think we might find a social enterprise, social businesses, non-loss nonprofit, or timebanks, or some other organization, in the answers to the questions above. Thus, I propose we start a series of meetups to see who's interested in doing feasibility studies, interviews, or even formal business planning for enterprises like this Grow Food Party Crew. And maybe the meetup could be about other social enterprises as well. Maybe we could do some pilots this Spring (and maybe that could be in your garden, so long as you've got something to give in exchange to the people who are doing the work for ya).
Possible monthly meeting dates, Squirrel Hill Library:
- 1st Sat past 12pm
- 1st Sun all open hours
- 2nd Sat past 2pm
- 2nd Sun between 1-3pm
- 3rd Sat past 12pm
- 4th Sat 12pm-2pm
4th Tues. 7pm, Oakland, The Revv Entrepreneurs' Meetup
Pretty swank place. Entrepreneurial incubator space, is what it is. 30-50 people attend each, apparently.