This is a non-profit initiative seeking to encourage the people of North Caribou First Nation to plant their own crops so that they can have a steady supply of fresh and healthy food. Steven Vasallo the brains behind this project is really passionate about crop farming which is evident in the video on Kickstarter.
The Boreal Garden Project on Kickstarter aims to raise $28,000CAD in pledges by the 15th of December to ensure that the project is funded. It is a bit of an ambitious goal but so far it seems to have garnered a good amount of support and response though it can still do with much more to hit that target by the 15th.
In an area like North Caribou that has the vast community land and the necessary conditions for growing fresh vegetables and fruits, Steven Vasallo realises that all they need is mentorship which is what the boreal garden project intends to provide. So far a number of aboriginal individuals from the community, mostly youth are enrolled to take part in the pilot stage of the project which will teach them how to set up gardens and take care of the plants and eventually they will mentor the communities and teach them to start their own gardens.
The project has already created a lot of excitement among the communities and has the support of the chief and other concern parties but still needs pledges to ensure it can be funded and will succeed. Vasallo seems to have committed a lot of time and energy into carrying out initial research into how successful the project will be and what will be involved to ensure that the soil is able to support the growth of different types of crops.
The success of this project will need more than just enthusiasm of the local communities but also the support of people online who can pledge funding so that costs of transporting the necessary equipment are covered as well as online training provided through the Boreal Garden Project. It is really not about making money, but providing fresh and healthy food to communities that currently have to buy such food from the mainland.