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Wes Riddle

99 neighbors want to start an urban ag entrepreneurship school, connecting land to labor to financing to markets, in Memphis.

An urban farming entrepreneurship school will facilitate the growth of a local urban agriculture economy by creating urban agriculture entrepreneurs through a combined academic and job skills certification process that connects graduates to land. Graduates will have the ability to start and operate their own small farms, their own valued added food company, or immediately contribute value and skills to established companies within the local food economy.

Students will study financial literacy and small farm business entrepreneurship, including fundamental finance and accounting, business planning and modeling, economic concepts, and sustainable business practices. Students must also complete farm skills training, focused on urban and sustainable small farming practices, and value-added products training, in which they will learn processing, packaging, and marketing. Upon submitting a business plan, graduates will then be connected with land, resources, financing, and markets.

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National Gardening Association
National Gardening Association proposed this fundraiser for MemFix.
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Only 9 days left! Help the North Memphis Farmers Collective expand its operation through the purchase of a tractor, heavy equipment, and farming tools.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/s...

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Posted Jul 29, 2015
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Alan Joseph Williams

Congratulations to Adam, Jovantae, Shaquille, Jarvis, Cortez and Rodrick! The Smart Mules have been awarded the National Garden Association grant to continue and improve their incredible work.

Stay tuned for more information about supporting this project, the Christian Brothers University garden, and the Memphis Urban Farm School!

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Posted Nov 10, 2012
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Wes Riddle

Read this article and click on the links for a brief introduction to the nature of project we're envisioning for Memphis. Ours is "market creation" and business incubation. Not just economic gardening, which refers to tending to existing businesses and helping them grow (as opposed to typical economic development, which uses incentives to attract business from out of town). We aim not just to nurture and grow local business, but to start them and create the market for them as well.

www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2...

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Economic Gardening: My Favorite New-to-Me Idea of 2012

Scott Dunscombe noted on Twitter that this article I wrote about how cities ought to look beyond high-tech for this economic destiny has a fair amount in common with what Portland mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith calls "economic gardening." And in fact, though I didn't use the phrase in the piece...

www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2...

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Posted Nov 2, 2012
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Alan Joseph Williams

Hey Mary--we're coordinating with the event organizers on the details now, and will keep you posted. When the announcement is ready, we'll make sure to let everyone here on Neighborland know.

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Posted Nov 1, 2012
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Mary Phillips

MemFix is an all day event... so, when will it be announced? And where, precisely?

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Alan Joseph Williams

Hey everybody! It's November 1st (time flies), and the period for sharing ideas and demonstrating support has now closed. Thank you for sharing your idea with the community.

The National Garden Association will announce the grant recipient at Memfix: Cleveland Street, a community event on Saturday, November 10th. Come out to Crosstown for a day of civic minded fun, and learn how you can support the winning project.

www.facebook.com/MemFixCleveland

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Mary Phillips

So, it's November 1st... when do we find out which idea will be funded?

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Wes Riddle

Thanks everyone for all of your "me too's." The support we've received and the visibility this has generated have been tremendous for moving the project along while the Neighborland challenge has been going on. Winning NGA's grant would really help move this project from concept to reality.

As you know, we're trying to put something together that very few cities have attempted. We believe this kind of "economic gardening" initiative is exactly what is needed in Memphis. Our focus is on the resilience of the local food economy and building prosperity from the ground up, literally, by making unproductive parcels productive and incubating a sustainable local food economy starting with urban farming entrepreneurs. The concept is huge and could be transformative. So all of your support is very much appreciated. Thank you!

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Posted Oct 31, 2012
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Brigid C. Strait

I think this is a fantastic idea, especially considering how starved our society is for time doing meaningful things. Getting our hands dirty, tending something that grows, and having something to show for it is a beautiful miracle. And I love, love, love that it's grassroots. That matters to me.

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Posted Oct 31, 2012
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Pat

This is a great idea for Memphis.

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Posted Oct 31, 2012
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