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Mississippi’s Mobile Farm

Mississippi’s Mobile FarmBE THE CHANGE.

As part of the Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi (www.ggsim.org), an exciting new non-profit already doing some great things around the state, we will be working with a group of recent graduates of the Mississippi School of Math and Science on an exciting new project right here in Oxford, MS. We will be converting a school bus to a model for alternative, renewable energy utilizing biodiesel and solar power and then turning it into a sustainable ”farm on wheels” – a rolling greenhouse, chicken coop and more that will serve as an educational outreach tool for Gaining Ground throughout Mississippi and the south. Other features include worm tea and compost bins, a rainwater catchment system that will be used to irrigate our plants once the greenhouse roof is installed and a chicken coop on board! School children will benefit from the ability to see and experience models of sustainability, learn about growing/raising their own food and hopefully inspire the next generation to rethink their relationship with and obligation toward caring for our environment.

The project has already begun, and it is our hope to get as much done as we can in the month of June. In July, the team will be taking the bus on the road cross-country to test it out, raise both money and awareness and to spread the word about what Gaining Ground is doing in our state before returning to Mississippi for the start of the 2011-2012 school year. The team will be blogging during their trip and visiting schools and organizations along the way. Be sure to follow their progress by subscribing to the blog (click “Sign Me Up” on right-hand side bar)

Please consider supporting this project and help us reach our goal by August 4th! Contribute any amount, it all adds up, and get some great rewards in return by visiting our kickstarter page to make a donation today!

Where Can You See The Bus? Visit One of Our Upcoming Stops …

Mississippi Tour

Thursday, 7/7, Jackson, MS @ Rainbow Coop for Fondren After 5 (5-8 PM)

Saturday, 7/9, Starkville, MS @ Community Market (9-10 AM)

Saturday, 7/9, Moss Point, MS @ Pascagoula River Audobon Center (4-6 PM)

Monday, 7/11, Hattiesburg, MS @ Sunrise Garden Center (10-11 AM)

Monday, 7/11, Oxford, MS @ Powerhouse (7-9 PM) w/ performances by Blackbird Hour and Silas Reed & Da BooksShare

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