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garden share community potlucks~

From: Matthew
Sent on: Monday, March 12, 2012 10:55 AM
After searching around , i couldn't find a model to emulate that really suited us , we've decided on a sort of scaled-down CSA/volunteer scenario that i hope will work out well.

there is a raw/live-vegan potluck meetup-group in our town that sadly will end next month when our organizer and host moves up to vermont with his new wife, but people hope to keep it going by having someone(s) step up,
im thinking we can fill this need and have a built-in attendance and possibly clientele /volunteer gang . a monthly potluck on a sunday afternoon. volunteering members can pick their own bag of produce , for paid members we'll have bins already picked but not bagged and washed...about $25 value per bag for 5 months.

saturday night was the potluck , a few people offered to host movie nights (we screen a documentary each month on a separate day) but only 1 other is doing a potluck 30 minutes away.
i pitched our idea to the group , got a lot of questions and overall good response. here is a copy of the hand-out i left with folks..i think i took 20 copies, plus 30 business cards we made up quick on the fly. all were gone instantly so that was promising '

love to hear some thoughts or suggestions',
 csa's in our area go from $575 to $970 and are 20-26 weeks. some require 15hrs work or there is a surcharge,others give a discount for the 15hrs. all are in suffolk or northern nassau,nothing around here really.

As BOGS begins our second year, we are reexamining our long-term strategy to ensure our future viability. To date our investment in equipment and supplies has been approximately $2,000. This season we anticipate another one to two thousand dollars.
To help offset these costs we are now offering memberships for $150 or 20 hours of volunteer work throughout the season (June - October).

Membership benefits will include:
Fresh “produce to go” at five of our monthly garden pot-luck parties
10% discount on garden services (Bed prep, seeding etc.)
10% discount on workshops (Soil block making, worm composting etc.)

Additional produce may be purchased or earned at similar rates. For example, $300 or 40 hours = 10 distributions
We continue to welcome volunteers in the garden and small donations financial or otherwise.

Tribal Wind Arts
Baldwin Organic Garden-Share

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