Grow Your Own — Part V: Support the Project

As a research project, this one is a little unusual. Its material costs are low and it provides a return on investment (i.e., produces food), but it is extremely labor intensive. This makes sense, though, because if fossil fuels are taken out of the food system, we’re down to what we have available and must use elbow grease instead of gas-powered vehicles. And while some of the costs (e.g., seeds, tools, land, etc.) are built into our household budget, it takes considerable extra time it will take to create the webseries, podcast, and written reports.

This is where we can use your help.

Quick, Easy Ways to Support the Project

We’re looking for everything from simply sharing our work on social media and giving us suggestions and feedback to volunteers who can help with our work, webseries, and podcast. We’ll be sharing everything we do on our Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter pages. Additionally, our podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, and SoundCloud. It helps us so much if you share our posts and episodes with your social networks. Really, just a quick few clicks of your mouse are a big help.

Whether or not you’re a video- or audio-editing whiz, you can help us. We are always looking for feedback or suggestions to improve our multimedia productions. If you do happen to have some technical know-how and are interested in helping us polish our work for a few hours a week (or even just to give us some tips), we’d be grateful for your help.

If you’re in the area and want a little more hands-on opportunities to volunteer, send us an email. We may also offer a WWOOFing opportunity next year.

Financial Support, Underwriting, and Business Partners

If you’re in a position to make a  monetary donation to the project and want to support us, great! You can do so by heading over to our store and scrolling down to the donations sections. Or become a member.

We would also welcome in-kind donations of tools, equipment, seeds, or other items, we’d be grateful for your help. Tools will be added to the Low Tech Tool Library and will be available to our community members. At this time, for example, we know we’re looking for a hand-crank corn kernel remover and grain mill, but we’re open to accept most useful items.

Additionally, if you have connections with an organization that might be interested in underwriting our work, we’d be glad to hear from you. We’re happy to put together a partnership proposal and discuss specific areas of support. For example, an organization could sponsor a particular episode of the web series or aspect of the study.

If you represent a business with a product or service that would make a good partner, please do let us know by dropping us an email. We are open to discuss this type of support but note that we will up front about any products provided by sponsors and we do want to be clear that when we review products we want to provide fair, independent, and useful information to our viewers.




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