UPDATE: WE MADE IT to $10,000! THANK YOU!
BUT WE AREN'T DONE YET!
With your help, we can get to $12,000 to purchase an air conditioner for the event space (because we all know how hot New Orleans is!). With the HVAC paid for, we will be one step away from opening that space!
Because of YOU, we will be able to cover the expenses from the weekend of Hurricane Nate AND complete our renovation project.
Your generosity has blown us away and ensured the future sustainability of Hollygrove Market and Farm! We are so grateful to continue to serve Hollygrove and New Orleans.
What we do:
Hollygrove Market & Farm is a community-owned (wholly owned by a nonprofit, community development corporation), urban micro-farm, local food hub, and grocery store located in the heart of New Orleans. We sell produce and other food products, all purchased from local sources - urban growers, small, rural, family-owned farms and some grown on our farm that surrounds the market! On one acre of ground in the underserved Hollygrove neighborhood, we connect residents to the producers of the food they are consuming while creating jobs, strengthening the local economy and providing the freshest, tastiest, most nutritious food available anywhere! We provide community garden space, train urban growers, conduct sustainable living workshops, accept compost and material for recycling from the community, and conduct tours for children and adults.
Here's our challenge:
Despite being open for 9 years, Hollygrove Market survives week to week. We are funded almost entirely by market sales. Our profit margins are thin and we pay a fair wage to our employees and fair market value to our farmers. The disruption caused by Hurricane Nate affected us greatly. The weekends bring in 75% of our income. Closing part of the weekend, loss of perishable products, and other expenses incurred will bring total weekend losses to over $5,000.
And here's the plan:
Our grounds and building renovation project, in partnership with Rebuilding Together New Orleans, will allow the Market to generate another stream of revenue by hosting community meetings, outdoor special events, educational workshops, and possibly renting office space to local nonprofits and businesses.
Our first phase of the renovation, coordinated by Rebuilding Together, has been supported financially and with volunteer labor by a partnership with Shell and the Junior League of New Orleans. However, finishing the first phase will cost us approximately $5,000.
Completing this renovation will help to ensure that Hollygrove Market stays open to serve our community.
We need you. Right now.
We need $10,000 to survive the weekend and keep us on the path for the building project. Our mission is to increase accessibility of fresh, nutritious, locally-sourced food to Hollygrove residents, surrounding underserved neighborhoods, and all of New Orleans while promoting sustainability through support of local farmers and serving as a demonstration site for environmentally sustainable practices. With your help we can continue. Thanks!!
What's in it for me...
$10 - Thank you email
$25 - Email, plus project updates
$50 - Project updates, plus a Hollygrove Market Proud To Support Local Farmers bumper sticker
$75 - Bumper sticker and an autographed photo of our farmers.
$100 - Bumper sticker, photo , a membership to Hollygrove Market
which comes with 10% off all purchases (both in store and online/home delivery purchases)*, and several other discounts
$150 - Hollygrove Market & Farm t-shirt, sticker, photo and membership
$450 - Corporate membership, including five individual memberships, sticker, photo and t-shirt
$1,000 - Corporate sponsor benefits, including logo placement on our website, priority booking for events and 2 tickets to all fundraisers, corporate membership, t-shirt, sticker and photo.
$10,000- Every single thing above, plus our eternal gratitude and your name on a sign (likely placed in one of the bathrooms)