Location: Creative Trails and the Portland Farmers Markets
Project Team: Julie Carey and 4 participants of Creative Trails
Cycle Smoothie - We are having a bike blender made for us. We will use it to blend green smoothies from ugly unsalable plants, which typically go back to compost. We will buy these from Rippling Waters to help make them money. We will sell our smoothies which we blend with our own legs, at the farmers markets. At creative trails we take great pride in our commitment to live in harmony with the land, our community, and ourselves. Help us fund our incredible project and give our participants a chance to really give back to the great community of Portland.
The way that our project will make Maine better for young People:
The principles which created the vision for this project are to generate money for our program so that it may be more self supporting and less dependant on funding from grants, and to generate money for Rippling Waters, an amazing local organic farm which works tirelessly to thrive by remaining dedicated to Organic farming practices, and teaching others how to live organically. We already work for Rippling Waters as volunteers and I wanted to take great material that was going directly back to compost and generate money for our program and their farm. Another principle is good health. We want to be creating products that are nourishing and healing to our customers. Another principle is environmental awareness. We will blend our smoothies with our own leg power. We will also be using produce which is grown organically. Also, we will be using local produce and delivering our products locally.
We are addressing the issue of the environmental impact that is associated with buying food that is shipped from somewhere else. We are addressing the issue of job creation for adults with “intellectual Uniqueness.” We are addressing the issue of funding programming which often relies on the state for support. We are becoming more self reliant, nurturing our local economy, nurturing the well being of our community, and nurturing the environment for all. We are nurturing an amazing Organic farm that takes in less money because they remain dedicated to organic practices which are more labor intensive, thus less cost effective.
The benefits will be extended to the participants who come to Creative Trails for programming, Rippling Waters farm and everyone who the farm reaches, such as the members of our community, our local economy, the environment EVERYWHERE, and the future stewards of the land who we may teach by example.
As the Apex of our project we hope to see our programs flourishing. We hope to make money to cover our operational costs, and a little more than that so we may expend the wonderful services we offer at creative trails. We would like to see a healthier community, a deeper connection to where our food comes from, and a deeper understanding of the importance of local produce. We would like to act as embassadors in these mentioned areas and teach others these fantastic skills we have learned.
You can look up Creative Trails on Facebook. You can also look up Rippling Waters on Facebook. You can also look up the Flintstone Car project on a Google search.
Our Partners: Rippling Waters, Portland Farmers Markets, Cultivating Community, and the Flintstone Car project