GROWTH SPURT…2018-19 APPEAL 2018 was an amazing year at The Gardens at Unity Village. Here are some highlights that represent breakthrough successes this year.
Volunteerism increased in both people involved and time devoted.
The Gardens continued to produce more harvest than prior years.
Our canning operation tripled its prior best output.
The Market Stand more than doubled any other year’s results.
We were awarded two grants which will fund the construction our own high tunnel. This will create a controlled environment and extend our growing season. Construction completion is expected by year end.
We managed our own be hives that yielded our first labeled and bottled honey harvest.
We staged and managed a successful Ten-Year Anniversary Celebration and our biggest Apple Butter Fest.
It is very special that we reached so many new heights and firsts during this, our tenth year as a totally volunteer driven non-profit organization.
We are a widely admired and appreciated community of people who dare by our collective will to advance our cause each day, each week, each month unselfishly giving of our time and talent. Yes, there have been setbacks and challenges, but those occasions do not define us. We are defined by the culture we have built that respects and expects the best in each of us. We are indeed a greater whole than the sum of our individual parts. It is an important mission to provide our greater community access to local, healthy food and when they encounter our Gardens community what they experience is the fascination and delight we bring to our service. This has lasting impact and is the hallmark gift of The Gardens at Unity Village. Our brand is charm. Our emblem is joy.
In this spirit I make a request. On behalf of our Board and our members and volunteers, I am offering you the opportunity to consider The Gardens at Unity Village an object of your generosity as you make choices for your end of year giving. We are planning and making choices for improvements to our operation again in 2019. Exciting options include:
Improving our cool room to prolong produce storage.
Extending our Market Stand canopy to create a cashiering station and dedicated sampling area.
Devising space to keep our machinery and tools in a separated, consolidated location.
Purchase needed equipment, including an ice maker.
Fabricate a space designated for meetings, classes and workshops.
Develop infrastructure to make the 2nd story of the barn into functioning space.
Commencing the study of converting our operation to certified organic.
Your generosity not only assists us financially, it energizes our will and nurtures our heart.
Drayton Riley, Board President
The Gardens at Unity Village 150B NW Colbern Road Lee's Summit, MO 64085 firstname.lastname@example.org 816-439-1173
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