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Post  newstart on 1/3/2012, 11:46 am

I have started planning out our garden this year. My daughter is really really exicted about it. Well she is in Girl Scouts and has asked if we could do a project with the rest of her troop. So far I have talked with some mom and 3 of us are going to start garden this year to help with project.

So I am thinking that each girl will have a garden wither it be a full garden like what I plan or just in a pot. Then when we have our meeting the girls will bring in some or thier harvest to share with each other and hopefully familes that need extra help. They will keep a journal on what it is like to have a garden, take care of it, take pictures and hopefully enjoy the garden. I hope to find a patch that they can get from this.

Now with I think 18 girls in our troop that is alot of supplies and seed. So I have written to a company a good one and asked for a donation. Should I follow up with them to see what they can do? I do not want to be pushy but same time would like to know if they can help.

anyone ever done a project like this? or ask for donation from a company? if it comes down to it I will try to strech my money to get seeds to share around with the girls..
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Post  martha on 1/3/2012, 4:40 pm

I haven't done anything like this, but it never hurts to ask. As far as following up - was the company a small local one? A larger company? Is there anyplace that an acknowledgement of their sponsorship would act as marketing for them?

Also, it is apparently time for me to post what seeds I will have available for sharing, which is another alternative for free seeds.
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Post  camprn on 1/3/2012, 5:09 pm

Fundraising can be tough. Does your troop have rules or a guide book about fundraising? If you can connect with a school or after school program, there may be some funding available through this program.
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As to general fundraising, if it is a corporate donation you are looking for, there is probably a coordinator of such funds. If it is a local merchant, as a follow up to your letter, a phone call after 3 weeks is a good approach. If they pledge, send a thank you for the pledge note after about a week. If you want to offer an alternative to financial donations, an inkind donation would be gratefully accepted. In any case, after they donate, send a letter thanking them for the donation and put a monetary amount in the letter. this can be used for their tax purposes.

You may also find standard fundraising a better idea Girl Scouts Fundraising or Urban Farming Fundraising.

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Post  newstart on 1/3/2012, 6:00 pm

Well its not really funds I am looking for. we are a young troop most of the girls are 1st year brownies so the troop is 3 years old. We do cookies sales soon that is where the troop gets money. I was hoping to do the project FOR the troop.

So I called a great heirloom company that we all seem to love. They said write a letter with the plans detailed out and then they would try to send seeds.

SO I am hoping to get some seeds to be able to share with the girls. and if we could work together and grow things share with the all girls families. Some are them going through hard times.

Well I think I will call them sometime this week since its been about 2 weeks since I wrote to them.

I just didnt want to pester them and then they wouldnt want to helpout
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Post  newstart on 1/4/2012, 3:19 pm

Well checking back with them to see what the can do in a seed donation for our Troop
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Post  ashort on 1/5/2012, 1:53 am

Talk to the local nurseries and big boxes for supplies such as compost, peat and the like... the big boxes maybe willing to donate their broken and busted bags of products. The local folk may just do a full on donation of dirt materials... ask for broken pots as well. If a clay pot is chipped, they can't really sell it, but as long as it can contain the dirt, then it can grow a plant...
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Post  newstart on 1/5/2012, 9:48 am

Thanks Ashort may have to do this. I have a farmers market that I go to that has lots of nurseries there. May talk with them



Well Contacted the company I was asking for seed donation from. Somehow during the hoilday rush there they did not get it or it was lost Shocked . so resent to them yesterday Fingers crossed.
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