Friday April 19, 2013
Downtown Flamingo Bowl
Put your bowling shoes on for the Raise the ‘FOOD’ ROOF Benefit! Join us on Friday April 19th at Flamingo Bowl downtown for an event not to be missed. More info in our events page.
Help us ‘raise the roof’ – the FOOD ROOF that is!
Our online fundraising campaign with Rally Saint Louis has lauched! With your support, we pledge to donate food grown on the FOOD ROOF in our 2013 pilot year to local families in need. Your contribution towards this unique community experience will not only help us to build the FOOF ROOF, but will also help bring food, education and a community together in downtown St. Louis for decades to come.
At the end of the day, we want to once again put St. Louis back in the national spotlight through an innovative, educational, and progressive agriculture development which benefits our community’s health while showcasing our charitable giving abilities.
We ask for your help today to make this project a reality by making a donation. We need to raise at least $25,000 to get this project off the ground, so to speak. Every penny counts and no contribution is too small.
The top five voted projects now move onto the crowdfunding phase! We are busy developing our fundraising campaign and it will go live 1 February 2013! The format will be similar to Kickstarter, basically we set a funding goal and people can donate towards it. If we receive enough pledges to meet our goal then the project gets funded and built, and if we do not meet our goal then we get nothing! So, we still need your help to grow this FOOD ROOF.
CHECK BACK ON 1 FEBRUARY FOR MORE DETAILS
Click here for more details on the Rally Saint Louis process.
Shop at Whole Foods Market Galleria in St Louis January-March 2013 and ten cents will be donated to Urban Harvest STL for each reusable bag you bring! We are very excited to be collaborating with Whole Foods through their One Dime at a Time Program, all proceeds will fund the development of the FOOD ROOF project, the first rooftop farm in St Louis!
We did it – the FOOD ROOF was the top voted project on Rally Saint Louis in December!!!! Thanks to all the dedicated voters out there we received over 2300 votes. It was very exciting witnessing the votes increase every day, and inspiring that so many folks supported this idea.
THE NEXT STEPS:
The top five voted projects on Rally Saint Louis will move onto an online crowdfunding phase starting 1 February 2013. Each project will be assigned a budget for implementation, and will be soliciting online donations similar to Kickstarter. Projects that meet their fundraising goals are awarded the cash to build, projects that fail to meet their goal get nothing. So, we will need your help in ‘raising the FOOD ROOF’, stay tuned for more details.
It is bitter sweet that our first growing season at the downtown community garden has come to a close. We have put the garden to rest until the spring.
We hosted various volunteer days and tours. Volunteers spent about 575 hours working in the garden, from installing a sun canopy to building an urban pumpkin patch, and from planting flowers to weeding.
We hosted the first annual Haunted Harvest Festival where 90 people from the community harvested their own pumpkins from the urban pumpkin patch and enjoyed live music by the South City Serenaders.
We displayed the artwork of local artist Claire Frandsen in our flower beds. The NOK (nose + beak) sculptures added an element of whimsy and delight to the garden.
Not only did we grow food, but we grew a community of friends and neighbors who are contributing to their own well-being, and to the vitality of our social fabric.
With that, we would like to thank EVERY SINGLE PERSON that was involved, whether you were an urban gardener, a sponsor, a volunteer, or a community member that came out to visit – we could not have done it without you!
The UrbanHarvest STL downtown community garden has come to life this spring in its inaugural growing season! Now into summer the garden is thriving with 6′ tall sunflowers, local art and all kinds of food. The gardeners are enjoying fresh, organic greens, kale, cucumbers, basil, green beans, snap peas, potatoes and tomatoes to name a few.
Located about 1 block north of City Museum on Koken Manufacturing’s property, 25+ residents are growing food, herbs and flowers for themselves, and collectively growing several garden plots for McMurphy’s Grill, through a partnership with St. Patrick’s Center.
Local artist Claire Frandsen is displaying her NOK sculptures in the flower beds, a lovely addition to the garden! An urban pumpkin patch is well underway, stay tuned for details on how to harvest a pumpkin from our patch this fall.
If you live or work downtown and are interested in gardening please contact UrbanHarvest STL to be placed on the waiting list.
Our trivia tables are all reserved! Hopefully you have reserved space by sending an RSVP as indicated on the flyer. If not, you are welcome to come for happy hour and the silent auction, we have tons of great items to bid on including:
3 sets of Cardinals tickets
2 leather office chairs
Several designer pillows
Belly dance lesson
Signed book by Gyo Obata
Photograph by local architect
Several gift certificates for local businesses
Hope to see you there!