July, 14th 2011 Conscious Abundance LLC.

West Pasco Habitat for Humanity “Kinship” Market Garden Proposal Definition of Market Garden: A market garden is the relatively small-scale production of fruits, vegetables and flowers as cash crops, frequently sold directly to consumers and restaurants. It is distinguishable from other types of farming by the diversity of crops grown on a small area of land, typically, from under one acre (0.4hA) to a few acres, or sometimes in greenhouses.
Outline: 1.) Permaculture : Ethics + Principles 2.) Vision 3.) Mission 4.) Background 5.) Proposal for Market Garden ~ Phase 1 Forest Garden and Raised Beds ~ Phase 2 Aquaponics ~ Phase 3 Event Area + Model Raised beds a. Event Area b. Model Raised Beds 6.) Budget 7.) Fundraising 8.)Workshop

Permaculture- Permaculture is a design system based on ethics and design principles which can be used to establish, design,
manage and improve all efforts made by individuals, households and communities towards a sustainable future. The permaculture flower uses the evolutionary spiral path to link together the key domains required for this change.

Permaculture Ethics- Central to Permaculture are the three ethics. Ethics are culturally evolved mechanisms that self regulate self-interest, giving us a better understanding of good and bad outcomes. 1. Care for Earth - Taking care of the ecology around us that supplies us with food, water, and soil. 1. Care for People - Care of the people starts with yourself, and extends to your family, and community. 2. Fair Share - When a tree fruits it bears more then one person can eat, Nature provides us with abundance that is to be shared. Permaculture Principles - Design principles for a Permaculture system incorporate ideas that ensure regenerating of resources and energy. By asserting the principles we are using in our design we ensure thoughtful consideration of many aspects to take care of human habitats. 1. Observe and Interact - Observe the environment and interact to learn more before you start. Spend at least a whole year at a site to learn how the seasons play out before making changes. 2. Catch and Store Energy - The world is awash with flowing energies both invisible and visible, learn to catch and store energies to accumulate abundance in times of plenty for storage in times of need. Examples: Rain catching, saving money, and using thermal mass in a design. 3. Obtain a Yield - Ensure all designs create a reward and accumulate abundance. 4. Self-Regulate & Accept Feedback - Discourage inappropriate activity to ensure system continues. 5. Use & Value Renewables - Make use of natures abundance and lower dependence on non-renewable sources.

6. Produce No Waste - Make use of everything, produce no waste! 7. Design from Pattern to Detail - We can observe patterns in nature and design around the patterns. 8. Integrate rather then Segregate - By putting right things in right places, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support one another. 9. Use Small, Slow Solutions - It’s easier to maintain smaller systems rather then larger systems. 10. Use & Value Diversity - Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats. Creates resilience against shocks. 11. Use Edges: Value the Marginal - The interference of things is where systems are most energetic 12. Creatively Use & Respond to Change - We can have a positive effect on events by observing and intervening creatively at the right time. Vision: To generate revenue for West Pasco Habitat for Humanity ReStore and educate local homeowners how they can increase economic resilience by producing food where they live. Training will be provided for backyard market gardners to self sufficiently create home jobs. Mission: To construct a profitable market garden on the acre lot behind West Pasco Habitat for Humanity (HFH) ReStore. The market garden would generate revenue from multiple sources ensuring a healthy cash stream flow for years to come for HFH. Promote economic resilience in the local community through workshops, garden tours, free discussions, and movie showings. Background: Since December 2010 a discussion group has formed at HFH revolved around a book called “Gaia’s Garden”. This book was recommended by a local market Gardner named James Kovaleski. Mr. Kovaleski has created a sustainable market garden around his 1/4th of an acre lot as well as his mother’s home in Downtown New Port Richey. Here is a video interview of Mr. Kovaleski demonstrates how he creates abundance of food which he sells for profit at local farmers markets. Using sustainable and local sources Jim creates a community of life for his neighborhood and a job for himself out of his work around his yard. (http://cltampa.com/dailyloaf/archives/2010/12/28/interview-with-new-port-richeymarket-gardener-jim-kovaleski-video ) -- A Article from the St. Petesburg Times (http://www.tampabay.com/features/ homeandgarden/article967874.ece) , and a TV Interview: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHkuuHjP_c8) Through the knowledge of Jim Kovaleski and others at the discussion group we have been working on each others homes as well as volunteering at the HFH “Kinship” Garden - here is a youtube of the volunteering done on Habitat for Humanity’s garden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIWJ7VV_rh0

The volunteers were from Generations Church as well as the Gaia’s Garden discussion group and marketing was done via a online social network called Code Green Community (www.codegreencommunity.org) linking many people up

throughout the Tampa Bay area for gardening day across the Tampa bay on May 14th and 15th. Several gardens across the Tampa bay were volunteered at in a worldwide effort to lower carbon dioxide emissions tied to a website called www.350.org . Proposal for Market Garden: Initial design for

garden

Phase 1: Food Forest and Raised Beds A) Food Forest

Definition: Forest gardening is a food production and land management system based on woodland ecosystems, but substituting trees (such as fruit or nut trees), bushes, shrubs, herbs and vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans. Making use of companion planting, these can be intermixed to grow on multiple levels in the same area, as do the plants in a forest. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_gardening )

The food forest will be created out of the Habitat for Humanity Logo. A row of trees will be placed on what is composed of the roof angles along with tree’s throughout the Head and body of the logo. Tree’s planted will be composed of various species of Peaches, Pecan, Loquat, Citrus, Mulberry, Moringa, and other fruit trees. Around the trees will be planted fruiting shrubs such as blueberry and Blackberrys. Till the fruit trees mature annual plantings can be placed around the trees to provide coverage of the soil tills fruit and shrub layers develop and mature.

B) Raised Bed Definition: Raised bed gardening is a form of gardening in which the soil is formed in 3–4 foot (1.0–1.2 m) wide beds, which can be of any length or shape. The soil is raised above the surrounding soil (6 inches to waist high), sometimes enclosed by a frame generally made of wood, rock, or concrete blocks, and enriched with compost. The vegetable plants are spaced in geometric patterns, much closer together than conventional row gardening. The spacing is such that when the vegetables are fully grown, their leaves just barely touch each other, creating a microclimate in which moisture is conserved and weed growth suppressed. Raised beds produce a variety of benefits: they extend the planting

season; they reduce the need to use poor native soil; and they can reduce weeds if designed properly. Since the gardener does not walk on the raised beds, the soil is not compacted and the roots have an easier time growing. The close plant spacing and the use of compost generally result in higher yields with raised beds in comparison to conventional row gardening. Waist high raised beds enable the elderly and the sick to grow vegetables without having to bend over to tend them. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raised_bed_gardening ) Phase 2 : Aquaponics Definition: Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In the aquaculture, effluents accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity for the fish. This water is led to a hydroponic system where the by-products from the aquaculture are filtered out by the plants as vital nutrients, after which the cleansed water is recirculated back to the Fish. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Aquaponics )

In the most southern part of the field behind HFH a large greenhouse will be constructed out of simple materials as already demonstrated on a smaller scale: The demonstration will be used in the meantime as a nursery for the food forest and row garden. Building a floating Hydroponic Garden : http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs184

At one end of the Rows of Floating hydroponics a Tilapia pond will be constructed:

Permaculture Principles: Stacking Functions- A Worm compost can be established on either side of the Aquaponics system during the winter to prevent freezing and heat the greenhouse for free! Just add Horse Manure and worms rolled up in a tarp on the all sides of the greenhouse up to 3ft or higher. Phase 3: Event Area + Model Raised Beds Event Area: an area to host movies, host concerts, provide for public engagement through Farmers Markets and periodic events. Model Raised Beds: For more growing space as well as demonstrations for a product HFH can sell to raise funds. Raised Beds about 3 feet high can be constructed. These beds will be self-watering to save on water. (http:// www.energybulletin.net/stories/2011-05-31/bottom-diy-guide-wicking-beds )

Budget: Proposal for Market Garden Phase 1) Food Forest Budget

Name Peach Tree Pecan Tree Citrus Apple Tree Loquat Fig Moringa Blueberries Irrigation Total

Price $50 $50 $30 $50 $20 $50 $20 (seed pack #20) $ 10 $120

Minimum (Qty. 4) $200 (Qty 2) $100 (Qty. 6) $180 (Qty. 4) $200 (Qty. 5) $100 (Qty. 4) $200 (Qty. 20) $20 (Qty. 10) $100 $120 $1220

Satisfactory (Qty. 8) $400 (Qty. 3) $150 ( Qty.8 ) $240 (Qty. 8) $400 (Qty. 10) $200 (Qty. 8) $400 (Qty. 40) $40 (Qty. 20) $200 $120 $2150

Abundance (Qty. 12) $600 (Qty. 4) $200 (Qty. 12) $360 (Qty. 12) $600 (Qty. 15) $300 (Qty. 10) $500 (Qty. 60) $60 (Qty. 40) $400 $120 $3140

Raised bed row garden Name Optional (Borders for Bed) Seeds Soil Price $4 - 10 per 8ft section Various seeds soil Minimum ($0) - no border $100 $0- Recycled Mulch Satisfactory (No border $200 $0- Recycled mulch Abundance no border $200 $200 a cubic yard organic humus (Qty 10) $2,000 $150 drip irrigation $550

Irrigation Total Phase 2 AquaponicsName Tilapia Pond Pump

$150 for hose + drip immiters.

$150 for drip irrigation $250

$150 drip irrigation $350

Price Varies Varies

Minimum Poly liner - 24’x24’ $67 800 gph - $100

Moderate Poly Liner - 42’x48’ $283 3000 gph - $160

Abundance 610 gallon water trough $270 4300 gph - $190

by Gallon per hour Floating Raft System: Liner Raft system: $120 Varies 20’x36’ poly liner = $80 $80 $80 $234

Concrete Block 30’x4’x16” $234 = $78 per system x 3 system = $234 30 fish = $45 $300 $826 50 fish = $75 $300 $1132

Initial Fish Plumbing supplies Total

$1.5 per fish Varies

70 fish = $105 $300 $1179

Phase 3: Raised Wick Bed

Name Poly liner Tarp 12’x24’ (Cut into 12’x6’ pieces) Wood boarders 5/6”x6”x16” PVC Fittings Soil Gravel Stakes + Nails Total

Price $30 (T $30) $8 (T $32) $14 $ Free Mulch sifted for soil $20 $20 $116

Qty 1 4

Fundraising Local support Groups Code Green Community - online local Transition network ( Can host fundraisers) www.codegreencommunity.org Slow Food - http://www.slowfoodtampabay.org/blog - Investment for local Tampa bay food producers Time Bank Tampa Bay - http://tampabaytime.org/ A volunteer time bank for Tampa bay residents to use their volunteer hours for other services ( We can get dozens of volunteers from this service.) Craigslist - Ask for volunteers Facebook- Set-up events for volunteers

Local Churches- ask for volunteers and set-up fundraising. Local Homeless Shelters- ask for volunteers to teach how to garden. Local Food Pantries - ask for volunteers to teach how to garden/get surplus from the garden. Local Government - Contact schools and government officials for volunteer hours. Grants USDA- Farmers Market grants (SNAP Benefits can use purchase seeds with benefits) - http://blogs.usda.gov/2011/07/06/using-snap-benefits-togrow-your-own-food/ Florida grants Host Fundraising Events August 4th- Concert + Movie

Online Fundraising Kickstarter - Document (Through Youtube) our idea about the garden and share with the world at large. Ask for donations using Kickstarter for our project with a lump sump fundraising goal of $30,000. (For full time position salary of Eric Stewart as farm worker and to fund the budget of the market garden proposal) ( http:// www.kickstarter.com/ ) Host Workshops on a regular basis that grows volunteers + generates money for Habitat for Humanity. Sell all produce at our regular Farmers market during the season ~Workshops will be hosted by Conscious Abundance LLC.
Overview of Classes Introduction Class $20 Introduction to Permaculture - An in depth introduction to Permaculture where the class will learn about the history, ethics, and principles that guide Permaculture. Land & Nature Stewardship $20 Food Forest Gardening - Join us for an interactive workshop as we learn how to set-up a food forest using permaculture. During the workshop we will learn how to mimic nature and utilize annuals, perennials, and trees for food production. $25 Vegetable Garden year round production - During this workshop students will have an interactive experience of planning and designing a annual garden for year round production. We will learn basics such as composting, plants to plant, as well as beneficial natural pesticides.

$20 Food Preservation - During this workshop we will go over techniques of preserving food for extended shelf life. $65 Aquaculture Introduction - This is a basic introduction to Aquaculture course that will teach the basics of aquaponics for backyard implementations. We will review basic ecological and biological systems as well as a number of designs for backyard aquaponics systems. Building $25 Energy Efficiency -During this workshop we will learn how to conduct a home energy audit and adjust the efficiency of your home. Learn how to implement different strategies and conservation measures to dramatically lower your energy bills. $20 Rainwater Harvesting- Learn how to create and connect up your own rain barrel as well as other options at storing water for your garden. Tools and Technology $20 Bike Maintenance - Learn simple maintenance for bicycles to keep yourself moving in a sustainable way. Education and Culture Free DIY Education online - Learn how to self educate yourself through online education sources. Free discussion about Climate change and Peak Oil Free Transition Culture - Learn how to grow a culture of lower dependence on Fossil Fuels. Health & Spiritual Well-Being $25 Healthy Living - Learn how to create healthy meals along with healthy living techniques. $20 Yoga - Provided by local Yoga instructor Victoria Free Voluntary Simplicity - This workshop is about voluntary simplicity and how to implement it into your life for life well being. Finances & Economics $20 Home Economics- How to plan a budget keep track of your flows of resources so you can create wealth. Le Free Food Coop discussion - Learn about the local Food Coop being created in the New Port Richey area/Hudson/Tarpon Springs area. Free Local Money discussion - Come for a discussion about creation of a local money and time banking for volunteering. Land Tenure & Community Governance $20 Community Leadership Training - In this workshop we will work on community leadership techniques to lead a group of people for a certain goal. Free Transition Town Introduction - Learn about Transition towns and how you can create a group of dedicated people transitioning your town away from fossil fuels.

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