The Push Continued

We are continuing the 2018 crowdfunding push for a new vehicle and would appreciate your help. Click Give Now to open the website to donate.

So Many Choices

In March, it will be 10 years since I received that vision that I will never forget: The greenhouse full of vegetable starts with people loading up trucks to go to food banks and teach people to grow their own food anywhere, in any situation. The farmland filled with growing vegetables and fruits being cared for, even more trucks being loaded to go to food banks and meal centers. Homeless families recovering from homelessness. 10 years ago. And when 2018 came along, I admit, I was feeling discouraged. Many had come saying this was a great idea, but very few contributed to keeping it going.

Then, one of the former board members noted something very important, “It doesn’t matter, because Dirt ‘N’ Nails has survived ten years without closing. Most businesses do not make it out of five.”

That is true. And so we are still here, fewer in number than when we started but no less determined, especially in this continuing economic climate of declining food banks, meal centers, and shelters, to get the first farm open. Meanwhile, there is still much we can do, and we need your help to do it.

Up at the top of this page, I mention the ongoing crowdfunding campaign for a new truck. My old Ranger is showing age, having lived through both hauling more than it’s capacity and driving a good many miles. More than that, however, is it just needs to be bigger to haul volunteers and more equipment to those community gardens that call us up to get started or to help. We are talking about a full-size pickup. Barring that, we are also needing to help with local ministries driving the homeless to emergency shelters in the middle of the Winter, a van or bus. If you think any of these are a good idea, even just a dollar and sharing the crowdfunding campaign as well as prayer would help.

At the bottom, you see our trusty PayPal donation button. Our own neighborhood garden is in desperate need of new soil, but it has also been our test bed for teaching techniques to others. I recently ran across a company that makes a raised bed composting garden. Could I build it myself out of wood? Certainly, though I, like my Ranger, am starting to show a bit of age as well, plus wood still costs money. So let us just settle on the cost of one of these systems as a goal and I will work on a PVC arch to go over them and cover them during the Winter. It will cost less in the long run to use plastic cover over the top than to have another cheap metal and plexiglass greenhouse get destroyed by storm.

I know this has been a long road, but together we can still make a difference. Will you join me for 2019?

Where 10 Years of Donations Have Gone

First, let us consider that DNN has not run off of anything more than donations since we started. That means no grants, no subsidies, no government perks or corporate partnership beyond nonprofit status. Also, DNN has only filed the bare minimum tax form each year since then, meaning nothing more than $25,000 ($50,000 by current tax law) total in donations every year. And yet we have been able to accomplish miracles off of what amounts to less than $1000 a year and a lot of sweat equity…

Community Gardens Started

Success or failure, we have started multiple community, shelter, and neighborhood gardens for others and collaborated in helping with other gardens since the beginning. Part of this expense was buying our own rototiller and tools and continuing expense in fuel to get from place to place and to run the tiller.

Partnerships to Redistribute Donations

Thanks to King Soopers on 104th and Washington, we have continued to redistribute year-old seeds, what would have been thrown out the previous year, to those who seek to start gardens or indoor plantings of their own, including a local preschool’s pumpkin patch.

Local Food Banks Supplied

Fresh vegetables not taken from our neighborhood garden has always gone to Northglenn Christian Church’s food bank to help the community in need, and has been of even greater help since government distrubution of food bank food became problematic.

Continuing Education

Even without the envisioned farm, we have continued to strive to teach others about how to grow their own food in any situation. Does it always give enough to live off of? No. But it does give enough to support a family when all else seems to fail.

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