We've completed the database to collect expert gardener information by way of a simple web form, it has the USDA database as part of it. The web form is currently in the process of being created using ASP. It will be hosted for free as long as we keep the number of users small while we are in the development process.
I will post a link to the form in a new progress report once it goes live.
We have outreach planned at the regional farmers markets, in time for the Florida's Winter growing season.
We've procured a laptop to help find expert and master gardeners in the area and get them registered with our system.
We have several leads on local community leaders in the food security movement with plans to meet with one of them for lunch the week of the 16th.
We have a new volunteer who is currently finishing up her Masters in Forestry Education and has a mentor with 25 years of botany education. She is helping to assemble our youth group workshop packages and hone our presentations. She's very excited about working on this.
Our team also includes a former Girl Scout leader, who is working to develop programs just for them and planning a presentation for a pilot program for the regional Girl Scout Council. Using seed kits is an easy way for the girls to distribute and handle the small numbers of seeds for their individual or patrol gardens.
If you can think of 5 people who might be interested in either donating to the project, likes gardens, has gardens, or wants to teach about how to make successful ones, please send them this. Thank you!
Funds donated will go to establishing both a seed inventory and an online web tool. Just enough seed for one garden from that inventory will then be resold in packages which match already designed, successful gardens in various bioregions at a substantial discount to paying full price for seed which would otherwise have not been used. Because we are seed sharing with a vast number of people, we can buy bulk seed and redistribute it inexpensively.
Proceeds from the resale of seed will then be turned back into more varieties to expand our seed share reach.
Once we have a good inventory and we're selling at least 100 packages a month, then we'll start taking on paid organizational staff to book keep, market and outreach.
Once we have enough sales for 1,000 a month in sustainable profit, then we will start giving away bioregional matched seed packages for free, indefinitely, to the food insecure and to help set up local living seed banks. 1,000 can give about 5000 land site matched gardens away monthly.
The web tool and expert gardener network will be supported by advertising and the chance for local area nurseries to direct market sell to individuals at their request who find garden patterns they like while paying the garden designers for their work with a percentage going to maintain the website.
Currently all time, supplies and space are donated.
All web tool programming and site design is being done on volunteer basis.
We'll start in the US and expand across the world over time using franchising of seed tab production for other areas.
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