So, it looks like we’ll reach our £38,000 target in the next few minutes! Words are really not enough to convey how mind-blowing and exciting this is, but there are still 30 days of this crowdfunder to go, and a lot longer of the campaign to keep our community and our homes. The question everybody is asking is:
What happens if you raise more than £38,000!
There are a whole host of projects that have been planned for a long time, that have been waiting for funds in order to begin them. Chief among these is the MoreFood project… Below are some artists impressions
MoreFood – A local food growing and demonstration garden project
We’ll be writing more about this in the days to come, along with our continuing series of posts about life in the woods and the perks available via the crowdfunder.
In brief, the aims of the project, first envisaged in 2011 are:
To contribute to a long-term increase in local small-scale food production that is
- appropriate to the climate, soil and status of Dartmoor National Park and Devon
- and will enable local communities to mitigate, and adapt to, climate change.
To do so, it will:
- demonstrate sustainable, temperate climate food growing applicable to Dartmoor and resilient to climate change
- educate and disseminate information about wildlife, the environmental consequences of food production and resource use in an interesting and experiential manner
- empower individuals and families to grow their own food using techniques that are relevant to their resources and scale.
- Enabling accessibility is key to the last objective, so the project will also aim:
- to be accessible and enabling to those with limited mobility
- to be accessible to low-income families and individuals
- to be easily and safely accessible on foot and bicycle
- to challenge social exclusion by offering free and low-cost opportunities for skill-sharing and education that are not always open to all
- to accommodate groups and families
- to offer opportunities for volunteering, networking, and community building
- to demonstrate the potential of community involvement.
But, what if you lose the appeal?
Yes, that’s on our minds too! If we lose the appeal, whatever happens, we’ll need a very large fund for campaign costs and contingency plans. Rest assured, we’ll do our best to avoid this outcome, but we have to think of it.
Thank you all so much – we’re quite exhausted and frayed with nerves and tiredness right now, but we are utterly overwhelmed by your support.
Keep spreading the word, keep sending us messages, keep striving for a better world for us all, together.
Remember, you can watch our new film and read all about our project and the current situation over here at the crowdfunder page.
Thank you for your continuing interest and support – we cannot do it without you!