THANK YOU ALL!
Monday, 01/13/14 1:40 PM
We did it. We hit our $10,000 goal with 11 hours to spare. No. 1 #schoolgarden fan Diana Heffernan of Palos Verdes put us over the top with a $1,000 contribution. Thanks to her and everyone else.
Yes, thank you all. But not being the unbusy types we've gotten a matching offer from a lovely donor, Ismael Resendiz of http://www.resendizbrothers.com in Fallbrook. If we raise $12,000 by the deadline, they donate an additional $2000 in cutflower plants for our ranch. Banksias, proteas, waxflower and other lovely Australian, drought tolerant natives are on the table, literally.
We have many perks to match your contributions: csa shares, flower shares, bulbs, t-shirts, farm dinners and 1-on-1 classes with me. Good stuff -- 'even hanging out with this florist farmer. ;)
This is our first crowd funding campaign and we are thrilled. We'll be able to plant more, sell more and hire more Muir students in 2014. It's a win/win/win. But while we have folks attention, lets do even more good by doing good.
Help us build the Pasadena Rose Garden at Muir Ranch. Muir Ranch at John Muir High School is a teen jobs program that looks like a farm, community supported agriculture program (csa) and with your help a rose garden and floral business social enterprise. While you have heard of Pasadena's Rose Parade and our historic Craftsman houses, 80% of Muir students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Northwest Pasadena is considered a food desert and our CSA brings both good food and teen jobs to our neighborhood. The work we do with the support of people like you is, literally, beautiful.
More Roses. More teen jobs.
We have room for 300 more David Austin Rose bushes at our urban farm. 300. David Austin roses are not just roses, they are drop dead gorgeous and approach peony like status in bloom count. The scent? Heaven. It's not the scent of what you'd find at a everyday floral shop. Additionally, Pasadena doesn't have a proper, public "rose garden" or actual arboretum so we decided to combine a working farm with a public garden as we grow our school garden program. Currently we employ about a dozen students year round. We'd like to double that in 2014. We need $10,000 to buy and install more shrubs. We;ll need an expansion of our current irrigation system. And we need an improved website and marketing materials that will aid our students in their social enterprise efforts.
Buy an Austin. Give an Austin.
To make help you make us really awesome we are offering kale seeds, t-shirts, dinner tickets, but most importantly, roses. It's bare root season and when you buy a rose from us you will be purchasing one as well for Muir Ranch. Think TOMS Shoes crossed with a plant nursery that benefits a school garden. Yay! The price of the rose is included in the perk. So buy more and save. We'll plant the sponsored rose bush (or bushes!) with a hand-made ceramic marker featuring your twitter or instagram ID and blast it out to our 30,000 social media followers.