We would like to thank you for taking the time to look at our vision laid out in the attached document and consider getting involved. We believe that we have to do what we can to provide the community with a safe area spend time in. Unfortunately all of our great ideas and plans for development cost money which is hard to come by. We will do everything we can to make our plans come to a reality, but with every contribution, no matter how small, we will be able to achieve it much sooner.
THRESHOLD URBAN FARM – UPLIFTMENT PROJECT IN RANDPARK RIDGE
Threshold Urban Farm has been established by RandparkRidge United Church, to develop the large piece of land behind the premises to benefit various groups within our community. The goal is to create opportunities and an environment for organisations and individuals to come and join us by investing in and uplifting our community. This involvement will enable them to connect with others within the community. By sharing our time, knowledge and resources this will grow the community, uplift those involved and empower them to be more.
To date we have created the vegetable garden and The Craft & Farmer’s Market.
CRAFT & FARMER’S MARKET
Our Crafts and Farmer’s market had been instrumental in creating the following:
Providing a market for people making crafts and food to generate income for themselves.
Providing a safe environment for people to meet other people in the community.
Providing opportunities for crafters to pass their skills onto others so that they can make their own goods for sale.
Providing a continued revenue stream to sustain the vegetable garden.
PERMA-CULTURE VEGETABLE GARDEN
Perma-culture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable, self-sufficient and a fully organic way of growing plants. The vegetable garden has benefited the community in the following ways:
- Vegetables are be used to feed those who attend our soup kitchen.
- Courses are held to teach people how to grow vegetables in their own communities, using only the resources at their disposal and in a limited space, thus being able to feed themselves and their families.
- Provide limited employment opportunities.
- Produce is sold to the surrounding community to provide them with a source of organic vegetables.
- A pleasing green environment is in the process of being developed so that people can walk through it and get relief from the urban environment surrounding us.
- Provides education as to how vegetables are propagated.
- Provides a continued revenue stream to sustain the garden.
The next stage of the development plan is to establish a coffee shop and conference facilities.
The area in which the church is situated has limited coffee shop type venues which are not part of a large chain group. In doing our research it was found that people have a desire to go to venues that have a more personal and outdoor feel to them.
During non trading hours, the coffee shop can be used as a more informal venue for programs that are run by the church e.g. grief and divorce support.
The coffee shop and craft area will be used for live music performances and can showcase local talent. Provide a continued revenue stream to sustain the garden.
In the current economic climate businesses are under pressure to reduce their cost and overheads. One of the ways which they are doing this is to eliminate the cost of renting a permanent office space.
Also, with more people working remotely, it is more often than not that a company just needs a place to meet and discuss their strategy for the week ahead. Because of these factors we would like to establish a small, personal conference / meeting venue to assist local businesses meet there needs for space.
In addition to businesses being able to use the venue for meeting rooms we envisage establishing a system whereby local business people can meet with job market entrants to give them advice on interview protocols and how to conduct themselves in a work environment.
If you have any questions regarding our proposal, or you would like to discuss how you can be involved please contact Angela Smith or Nick Gindre on the details below.