Dear Friends of Landed Learning,
June 2018 will mark the end of the 15th year of Landed Learning and my 12th year with the project. We have accomplished many things together over the years, and I’m very proud of the community we have grown together and the great care, wonder, and beauty you bring, not only to Landed Learning but to the world.
So it is with both sadness and hope that I write to let you know that Landed Learning will not be continuing this September, what would have been our 16th year. As many of you know, Landed Learning is completely self funded; hence we rely on grants to support our staff, food and garden supplies, and all other expenses related to the the project. Our applications to grants that would have ensured our continuation in the fall have not been successful. While we have not exhausted all funding possibilities at this point (and we are continuing to write grant proposals), we likely will not know if we have enough funds to run a program again until early 2019. So this fall, we will regroup and re-imagine our direction forward.
Due to our present funding shortage, we may need to modify our current program to conclude the 2017-2018 school year.
We know that Landed Learning is important to you, and you have given your hearts, minds, hands, sweat (and, yes, sometimes tears) to keep us strong and successful. Over the years, many of you have donated kitchen and garden supplies for the children and have also made generous financial donations. We are so grateful for every contribution. We are inspired to hear that many of you benefit from your time at Landed Learning as much as the children benefit from your time with them.
We are not giving up! Can you help us meet our goal to cultivate intergenerational land-based learning now and into the future? Now is the time to act!
Donate: We have set up a crowd funding site at http://crowdfundraising.ubc.ca/projects/intergenerational-landed-learning/. From today until May 25, you can help us reach our goal of $20,000 by making a tax-deductible donation right on the site. Donations of any size will help us reach our goal!
If you prefer to send a donation by cheque: Please make cheques out to University of British Columbia and include a note that you wish your gift be directed to the: Intergenerational Landed Learning Project (ILLP) at the UBC Faculty of Education.
Cheques can be mailed to:
Attn: Corinna Lougheed Faculty of Education | Development Office The University of British Columbia 2601 – 2125 Main Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Share your time and creativity: More than money will be needed to ensure the Landed Learning programs continue and grow. Please share your ideas…How can we make Landed Learning sustainable? What ideas do you have? Is there something you’re inspired to see happen? A role you see yourself taking on? We’re open to all ideas, big and small…They are all welcome and needed! We may schedule a brainstorming/planning meeting in the future, so if you don’t have ideas now, but would like to be involved in seeing Landed Learning survive, please reply to let me know.
Share forward our request: If you believe in what Landed Learning creates in the world, one way you can help it grow is by telling your story to others. How has Landed Learning impacted you personally? We asked this question to children, parents, teachers, and FFs and are creating a video with their responses. You can your own impact story on our website or with your community, and share forward ours.
With gratitude. We are all connected,
Stacy, Program Manager l Intergenerational Landed Learning Project
Stacy Friedman, MA
Program Manager l Intergenerational Landed Learning Project