WE DID IT!!! But wait...there’s more
Through all of your amazing generosity we have reached our goal of 15k with 2 days to go. The tractor is ours! THANK YOU!!! We are so inspired and grateful for this outpouring of support for the farm.
With the news of us reaching our goal, an anonymous donor has stepped forward to offer a matching gift for each dollar contributed beyond 15K. This means all new donations will be doubled! Now that we have our tractor, additional money raised will go towards more farm infrastructure. Check out our additional needs:
If we reach $16,000
We will purchase a bed shaper attachment for our tractor. This will allow us to form perfectly finished planting beds for transplanting or seeding veggies with no additional labor needed for raking or leveling.
If we reach $18,000
We will purchase a manure spreader attachment for our tractor. This tool is extremely useful tool for incorporating organic matter into the land for sustainable soil management. This will save hundreds of hours of volunteer labor from moving compost by hand.
If we reach $20,000
We will outfit our teaching kitchen with more storage shelves and food safe bulk bins, allowing us to save money with bulk food purchases. This will be a big help for our cooking classes and Saturday potluck lunches.
There's still a lot of good to do!
Hi, we’re Veggielution. We are a nonprofit farm on the east side of San Jose, CA. We believe that everyone deserves to eat healthy, affordable food. Everyday, we put fresh fruits and vegetables straight from our farm onto the plates of low income families. We do this because unhealthy food is making our community sick, and we have the power to create a better alternative.
Previously we’ve been able to manage our 2 acre farm with the helping hands of the community…but now we are working on 6 acres and we’re definitely going to need some serious farm equipment to grow food on all of this land!
What we need
WE NEED A TRACTOR to cultivate food for the community. The tractor costs $30K. An anonymous donor has generously contributed half, and we need your help in raising the remaining $15K.
The power of a tractor
A tractor will help us get the most out of the land we’ve been granted and provide the community with more healthy sustainable food to eat.
Growing more food means we can reach many more families with our produce and educational programs. Families like the Mendozas. Luz Mendoza grew up in Guanajuato, Mexico surrounded by vegetable farms, orchards, and nature. Now she lives in San Jose and is the single mother of 5 children. Luz was shocked to discover that her children thought food grew in the grocery store. She got involved with Veggielution so that her children could learn about their mother’s roots, and the importance of healthy eating. Luz says, “I know health is important for my kids and for me. And for my kids to be healthy, I have to start with myself.”
Luz is now a Promotor (peer educator) in our Cooking Matters classes. She wants to help other families “who perhaps have a more difficult time making these changes.” Luz has worked with many families who have children with or at risk for diabetes. She wants then to know that, “if they're in pain, even at a young age, that we have the cure in our hands. Just by eating healthier and more balanced diets, we can stop going to the doctor so much, we can spend more time with our families, we can help our community and ourselves together.“
Help us continue this work by producing more sustainable and healthy food for our community! Join the Veggielution and donate today!
This video was produced by Harold Bell of A Struggle Divided Film Production Company. Thank You!
The Perks of Being a Veggielutionary
Logo Sticker - This is a 3in circle sticker, made out of outdoor vinyl. This means it is super durable, and will stay wherever you put it! We have seen them on cars, bicycles, water bottles, laptops, binders, and many other places.
Canvas Tote Bag - This is a very sturdy bag perfect for carrying your groceries. The bags are organic and made in San Francisco!
Organic Logo T-Shirt - Yep, that pretty much says it all :)
Organic Emily the Goose T-Shirt - Design by Pamela Venzie, Veggielution's resident artist, especially for this campaign! We haven't decided on the colors for the shirt prints yet. Let us know if you have ideas! For those unfamiliar, Emily is a fiesty goose who lives at the farm. If you take the time to get to know her, she can be very cuddly and sweet.
Photo Prints - These georgeous photos were all taken at the farm. We will choose 8 random prints for you. Photo prints are 4in by 4in.
Orchard Tree - This is one of our new orchard trees, just planted in February 2013. In a couple more years we will be harvesting delicious peaches, apricots, plums, tangerines, oranges, lemons, limes, and more.