As organic gardeners interested in all resources on the natural farming topic, we came across the name Vincent Mina, President of Hawaii Farmers Union United. On a trip to Maui, we connected with him and he gave us a tour of his Microgreen operation. What we found was that Microgreens are nutritionally dense, easy to grow, flavorful, and are not terribly resource dependent; meaning anyone interested in boosting their health can grow them. Living in the Bayview Hunters Point District of SF, we observe high rates of dis-ease and a lack of connection to health and food choices. Isaiah is becoming a trusted pillar in this District for his work in community gardens (which has also garnered attention from several news outlets). While there might be a handful of competitors, Isaiah’s start up would be the first Black-owned of this kind. One of the roadblocks is start-up capital to purchase supplies! We aim to look for grants and use our own savings too, to get this started.
The real potential is in sharing knowledge forward. Once Isaiah and Danielle master the cultivation process, we aim to provide seeds and information so that anyone can grow them for their own personal use! We see the connection between mind-body-spirit, and we aim to revitalize all through nutritious bioavailable foods to our community- with love!
Considering a pack of Microgreens at an organic market can be expensive ($5-10 per pack), many low-income folks might not consider them.
What I Will Do With $5,000
We will be using $5000 to purchase supplies for the operation.
1) Two LED SunLite® 3-Tier Garden or similar @$750 each
2) 100-200 Seeds packs (Kale, Broccoli, Cabbage, Radish, Sunflower, Watercress, etc.) from TrueLeaf @$3-5 per pack
3) Packaging Material (compostable)
4) Stickers with DragonSpunk Label
5) Educational Material and letterhead