Mission: “To plant and cultivate a community sustainability/food security center in downtown State College.”
Establish a pool of involved people and a regular communication schedule
Identify skill-sets the group has and skill-sets the group needs to acquire
Pick a name for the project.
Set up a governing board and structure
Get 501(c)3 status to enable fundraising
Map out features steering committee wants to see included in the project, and on what timeline.
- Community garden plots
- Permaculture & bio-intensive demonstration gardens
- Small orchard (nut and fruit trees)
- Berry patch
- Small-medium size classroom/performance space
- Food Bank
- Small general store (bulk foods, staples, local produce, gardening supplies)
- Small commercial grade kitchen
- Woodworking/carpentry shop
- Tool library
- Solar panels
- Graywater system
- Bicycle racks
- Park benches
Draft a capital budget and a working budget for the first 3-5 years.
Choose a financial support model (design new model perhaps?)
Identify available land/buildings/location(s)
Identify partner organizations
Raise money to rent or buy land; build structures; establish & equip gardens, tool libraries, kitchens, etc.
Hire architect for design
Plan construction (part volunteer labor?)
Offer garden plots to downtown residents.
Stock & staff general store and tool library
Establish regular schedule of gardening workshops on composting, rain barrels, cold frames, graywater, drip irrigation, etc.
Establish regular schedule of cooking & canning classes
Establish regular schedule of carpentry workshops
Agenda for the Friday, June 24 meeting (8:00 p.m.) will be fleshing out that outline, adding additional ideas, detailing the smaller steps involved in each broad step, and setting up action timelines and shepherds for each step.