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Sweet Potato House - Cafe & Studio Garden

With Kitchen Garden Explorers - A warm & inclusive way for K-3 kids to learn interactively about growing our own food & urban gardening.

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Campaign Ends on August 31, 2021

Project Description

 

Welcome!

I am Mrs. Jenny Davenport of Mrs. Davenport's Sweet Potato Pie, and I am a storyteller who uses Sweet Potato Pie as a metaphor for Life.

I want to build a Production Studio and Cafe Garden called Sweet Potato House, and to produce a STEM and Arts series for K-3 kids called "Kitchen Garden Explorers"!

 

Over the years, as a K-12 teacher, artist-illustrator, and grandmother, Sweet Potato Pie has become my day-to-day metaphor for sharing stories of family and life.

Last summer, the beautiful, growing vines of the Sweet Potato Plant growing on my kitchen table in her HOA-controlled rental home reminded me of how much I miss my childhood garden and the fields of Virginia, and how many children, especially in the inner city, cannot afford to have a space to grow their own food -- and do not know how - or why - they should.

 

Mrs. Davenport's Kitchen Garden sweet potato leaves
Mrs. Davenport's Kitchen Garden sweet potato leaves

My 6-year-old grandson, Orion, was helping me with my Sweet Potato Sprouts one day and the idea came to me to make a web series to explore Kitchen Gardening together with other kids his age! 

"Kitchen Garden Explorers" was born!

A seasonally-aligned series with fun materials, recipes, and starter-pack gardening supplies to be mailed to homes and classrooms across the USA, "Kitchen Garden Explorers" will showcase different themes and at-home vegetables and herbs, fun facts, animated short stories of the lives of gardeners from around the world, and guest spots from professional gardeners and science teachers from all walks of life.

Especially during this hyper-isolated mid-COVID time where the lack of social opportunities have weighed really heavily on our kids' mental and emotional wellness, I am happy to create a chance for our kids to interact together safely and to have something at home to do that shows growth and progress naturally.

So my main goals are:

1) to explore kitchen gardening at home together with young viewers 

2)  to give young viewers a chance to interact together safely together by creating a Garden Explorer Gallery where kids can share photos, poems, drawings and other artwork of their growing plants!

3) to create a kind, safe space that encourages diversity and inclusion

4) to address national learning standards in STEM, Sciences, the Visual Arts,  and Social Emotional Learning for Grades K-3

5) to preserve and pass on traditional African-American Sweet Potato Pie!

Funding:

My first goal is to actually outfit our own kitchen recording studio and arts atelier complete with greenhouse and classroom space to grow our plants!

As an artist and children's book author who has rarely had enough time to work on passion projects, my hope is that this campaign will bring in the funds to purchase a small bit of land on which I can build a garden-cafe that sells my sweet potato pie and tarts, and my husband's bistro BBQ, and that will allow us to be creative full-time as we move into our elder years.

The first goal of $85,000 allows the purchase of recording and production equipment, kitchen gardening supplies, and land purchase.

So what's $85,000 for? Thank you for coming so far as to ask!

Here's the breakdown:

$75 - 50 lbs of Beauregard, Red Jewel & other orange Sweet Potatoes

$75 - 25 lbs of purple sweet potatoes

$75 - 25 lbs of white sweet potatoes

$75 - 25 lbs of Satsumaimo sweet potatoes

$5,400 - a 5 acre plot in southern Colorado

$24,000 - a 1-acre plot in Tsukubamirai

$2,000 - hand-planting supplies and soil + hydroponic equipment

$9,500 - computer equipment and accessory hardware for recording and editing (iMac, refurbished IBM, audio equipment, other)

$2,600 - illustration equipment and software (iPad Pro, Adobe Suite + accessories)

$10,000 - travel to Southern Colorado and to Japan for contracts and set-up

$35,000 - retreat and studio set-up in Southern Colorado

TOTAL - $88,800

We can do it! 

Our stretch goal of $60,000 beyond that would allow us to start building a small rooftop garden with greenhouse and arts & education atelier on both properties for sustainability and for our children's future.

 

Thank you for your support! 

And please, please share!

 

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When will you start filming episodes? My goal is Spring of 2022, after achieving our goal of a place of our own to have a garden and a well-equipped studio.

 

  • What happens if you don’t raise even half of your goal? We know how to "Make Do!" I will just have to produce videos on a shoestring budget on holidays from my rental kitchen in between being a teacher, Mom and writer. And keep moving towards my goal. Exhausting but still possible! :D

 

  • How can Classroom Teachers use your web series? I will make a lesson plan aligned to national standards for teachers who are interested in Kitchen Garden Explorers, complete with a classroom set version of the Starter-Pack Box.

 

 

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Just Because I Care

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Kids' Art Card + Thanks!

Thank you so much!

A handwritten note in gratitude on a kid-friendly art print postcard will be placed in the mail for you!

Please don’t forget to send your address!

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Kitchen Garden Explorers COMIC Storybook

A short comic book for K-3 Readers introducing the Kitchen Garden Explorers, a group of 3 friends from the same neighborhood whose Grandmothers grow food and cook meals from three different heritages: Soul Food, Southern Chinese and Native American.

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35.00 USD
All Episodes + Starter-Pack Box + Comic!

All previous gifts +

Receive a Starter-Pack Box with a small Flower Pot, Soil, Trowel and Seeds + All Episodes for the year streamed and/or delivered to you for download and continuous use! 

Thank you so much!

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100.00 USD
Your Name in our Stone Garden!

All previous gifts +

I hope to see the most beautiful Garden Stone Path, and as our sponsor, you will receive all of the above gifts + your name inscribed on a stone in our garden + a photo of it posted on our Instagram and other social media at RealSweetPotatoPie

Thank you!

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500.00 USD
All gifts+ Gallery Sponsor!

All gifts +

You become an Official Sponsor of the development of an Interactive Online Gallery for kids to share their progress and develop confidence and pride in their learning and skills.

Your name will be displayed as a Gallery Sponsor, and you will also receive 10 Starter-Pack Boxes to distribute in a way you consider to be impactful.

Thank you for your sponsorship!

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1,000.00 USD
All gifts+ Corporate & Community Sponsor

Thank you for showing support for our efforts! 

All gifts +

Your company or family name and logo will be acknowledged on all promotional materials and in social media in gratitude!

You will also receive 20 Starter-Pack Boxes in addition to all of the above gifts, to distribute as you feel will make the greatest impact.

You will also be invited to visit our Garden and have tea and a slice of Sweet Potato Pie, once social distancing is no longer an issue.

Thank you so much for your support!

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10,000.00 USD
Angel Club

I am awed by your belief and generosity!

All the above rewards are yours PLUS

- your choice of 5-20 freshly-made pies per month for re-sale or for personal use for the next decade or so

- Private invitation to special occasions and tours in any of our gardens or cafe bistro spaces

- a 30-minute to one-hour documentary featuring one aspect of Sweet Potato Pie folklore, making, or small space gardening that you request

- Lifetime Sponsor Honors

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Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

5 Supporters
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5.00 USD
Kids' Art Card + Thanks!

Thank you so much!

A handwritten note in gratitude on a kid-friendly art print postcard will be placed in the mail for you!

Please don’t forget to send your address!

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1 Supporter
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15.00 USD
Kitchen Garden Explorers COMIC Storybook

A short comic book for K-3 Readers introducing the Kitchen Garden Explorers, a group of 3 friends from the same neighborhood whose Grandmothers grow food and cook meals from three different heritages: Soul Food, Southern Chinese and Native American.

10000 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
35.00 USD
All Episodes + Starter-Pack Box + Comic!

All previous gifts +

Receive a Starter-Pack Box with a small Flower Pot, Soil, Trowel and Seeds + All Episodes for the year streamed and/or delivered to you for download and continuous use! 

Thank you so much!

10000 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Your Name in our Stone Garden!

All previous gifts +

I hope to see the most beautiful Garden Stone Path, and as our sponsor, you will receive all of the above gifts + your name inscribed on a stone in our garden + a photo of it posted on our Instagram and other social media at RealSweetPotatoPie

Thank you!

1000 Left
0 Supporters
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500.00 USD
All gifts+ Gallery Sponsor!

All gifts +

You become an Official Sponsor of the development of an Interactive Online Gallery for kids to share their progress and develop confidence and pride in their learning and skills.

Your name will be displayed as a Gallery Sponsor, and you will also receive 10 Starter-Pack Boxes to distribute in a way you consider to be impactful.

Thank you for your sponsorship!

500 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
All gifts+ Corporate & Community Sponsor

Thank you for showing support for our efforts! 

All gifts +

Your company or family name and logo will be acknowledged on all promotional materials and in social media in gratitude!

You will also receive 20 Starter-Pack Boxes in addition to all of the above gifts, to distribute as you feel will make the greatest impact.

You will also be invited to visit our Garden and have tea and a slice of Sweet Potato Pie, once social distancing is no longer an issue.

Thank you so much for your support!

250 Left
0 Supporters
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10,000.00 USD
Angel Club

I am awed by your belief and generosity!

All the above rewards are yours PLUS

- your choice of 5-20 freshly-made pies per month for re-sale or for personal use for the next decade or so

- Private invitation to special occasions and tours in any of our gardens or cafe bistro spaces

- a 30-minute to one-hour documentary featuring one aspect of Sweet Potato Pie folklore, making, or small space gardening that you request

- Lifetime Sponsor Honors

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