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The initiative of the Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) in Sint Maarten is dedicated to establishing its inaugural Community Garden location, aiming to foster a sustainable and robust agricultural economy by uniting local community members with gardening expertise. Beyond the creation of community gardens, the project encompasses educational programs to showcase diverse farming initiatives for resilience. It addresses challenges like post-hurricane recovery, the economic impact of COVID-19, and the imperative for food security. With a commitment to promoting healthy living and community development, FFGA encourages supporters to contribute through financial backing, volunteerism, knowledge sharing, and partnerships. The initiative endeavours to generate continuous employment, minimize waste, and instigate positive transformations in Sint Maarten.

Introducing the Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) – Growing Together for a Sustainable Sint Maarten

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Introducing the Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) – Growing Together for a Sustainable Sint Maarten

Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) aims to invest in community, growth, and resilience together with partners who identify themselves with Sustainable Development Goals which we take to heart. Our goal is to establish a vibrant and self-sufficient agricultural economy on Sint Maarten, fostering healthy lives and a thriving environment.

At FFGA, our mission is to empower communities through the cultivation of farms and community gardens. We strive to provide every person in Sint Maarten with the opportunity to grow wholesome food in their local neighbourhoods. Our network promotes knowledge exchange, urban agriculture, economic justice, leadership development, and the creation of beautiful and sustainable communities.

Joining hands with community gardens on Sint Maarten, FFGA takes care of the business side, allowing you more time to connect with the earth. We offer gardening advice, workshops, and training, encompassing various garden models:

  1. Traditional Community Gardens: Rent a plot to cultivate your fresh produce.
  2. Educational Gardens: Learn about gardening, landscaping, nutrition, and healthy cooking.
  3. Urban Farms: Volunteer to grow vegetables for local markets and those in need.
  4. Greenhouse Horticulture: Support our Community Supported Agriculture program with fresh produce.

Imagine a network of gardens across Sint Maarten where people of all ages and backgrounds lead healthy lives by growing fresh, nutritious food. We envision a future where our communities thrive, even in the face of challenges.

Sint Maarten faces the aftermath of hurricanes and economic impacts exacerbated by COVID-19. Insecure food supplies and unhealthy diets contribute to obesity and diabetes. FFGA strives to address these challenges by establishing a resilient and sustainable agricultural economy.

Together with the Marlin Yard Foundation, FFGA has secured 6 acres (approx. 24.000 m2) of land for the first community gardening and hurricane-resistant cultivation in Sucker Garden. Leveraging agricultural technologies like saline permaculture, aquaponics, hydroponics, and horticulture, we ensure a hurricane-resistant approach.

We kickstart the development of 76 allotments forming the first community garden section and a 2-acre farm, expanding with innovative aquaponics, hydroponics, and horticultural technologies. FFGA aims to supply year-round produce, creating jobs and new economic opportunities alongside the tourism sector.

To fuel the growth of local agricultural projects on St. Maarten, we seek your financial support. Together, let’s sow the seeds of a resilient, self-sufficient future for Sint Maarten.

Join the Food Farm Gardens Association and be part of our mission to Grow Together!

Sow the Seeds of Resilience, Join Food Farm Gardens Association’s Growth Revolution for a Sustainable Sint Maarten!”

Introducing FFGA – Food Farm Gardens Association

Step into a realm of sustainable growth with the Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) on the picturesque island of Sint Maarten. FFGA is a dedicated initiative, cultivating not just gardens but resilient communities. Our mission is to nurture a sustainable and self-sufficient agricultural economy, providing fresh, healthy produce to every doorstep on the island.

At FFGA, we believe in the power of community gardening, where locals unite to share knowledge, cultivate thriving gardens, and foster economic justice. Our network of traditional community gardens, educational spaces, urban farms, and innovative greenhouse horticulture contributes to a greener, healthier Sint Maarten. As we navigate through the challenges of natural disasters and economic shifts, FFGA stands as a beacon of hope. Join us in planting the seeds of resilience and creating a vibrant, sustainable future for Sint Maarten.

What is this project about?

This project centers around establishing the Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) on Sint Maarten. FFGA is committed to building a sustainable and resilient agricultural economy by promoting community gardening, sharing knowledge, and supporting local farms. The initiative aims to address challenges such as food insecurity, economic impact from natural disasters, and unhealthy dietary habits on the island. FFGA envisions a network of gardens, farms, and educational spaces contributing to a healthier, more self-sufficient Sint Maarten. The project incorporates innovative agricultural technologies like saline permaculture, aquaponics, hydroponics, and horticulture to ensure resilience against hurricanes and promote year-round production of organic, nutritious produce. Overall, FFGA seeks to create economic opportunities, provide fresh food, and contribute to a thriving and sustainable future for the community.

Why this project?

This project is vital for several reasons:

Post-Disaster Recovery

Sint Maarten is still recovering from the devastating impacts of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. This project aims to contribute to the island’s recovery by establishing a sustainable and resilient agricultural economy.

Food Security

The crisis, compounded by the effects of COVID-19, has made the supply of fresh food insecure on the island. Large-scale agriculture is crucial to reduce dependence on food imports and enhance self-sufficiency.

Nutritional Health

The majority of the population in Sint Maarten faces health challenges due to an unhealthy national diet, leading to issues like obesity and diabetes. The project seeks to address this by providing access to fresh, nutritious produce.

Economic Diversification

The Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) aims to create a new economic avenue alongside the tourism industry. By fostering ongoing jobs and business opportunities, FFGA contributes to economic diversification.

Innovative Agricultural Practices

Utilizing advanced agricultural technologies such as saline permaculture, aquaponics, hydroponics, and horticulture, the project ensures hurricane-resistant farming methods for sustainable year-round production.

Community Building

FFGA envisions a network of community gardens, farms, and educational spaces that not only provide fresh food but also promote community engagement, knowledge-sharing, and economic justice.

Overall, this project is a response to the immediate needs of Sint Maarten, addressing post-disaster recovery, food security, health challenges, economic diversification, and the promotion of sustainable agriculture.

Our Vision

The vision of the Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) is to establish a network of community gardens and farms across Sint Maarten where people of all ages and backgrounds can lead healthy, active lives in a clean environment by growing fresh food. FFGA aims to create a sustainable and resilient agricultural economy on the island, contributing to food security, economic diversification, and community well-being. Through innovative agricultural practices and community engagement, FFGA envisions a future where Sint Maarten thrives with locally produced, organic, and nutritious vegetables, herbs, spices, fruit, and flowers, fostering a sense of shared responsibility for the environment and the well-being of its residents.

Project Overview

The Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) is a dedicated initiative focused on establishing the Community Gardening Association for Food Farm Gardens in Sint Maarten. Its headquarters will be situated at the 17th-century plantation known as Succour, located at the foot of the Naked Boy hill in The Keys village in Sucker Garden Upper Prince’s Quarter.

The primary objective is the physical establishment of the FFGA community garden layout, involving allotments preparations, the implementation of water irrigation systems, creation of composting areas, storage facilities, and all necessary infrastructure for future members to actively participate and commence their gardens. Once this inaugural FFGA community garden is fully operational, the goal is to foster a sustainable and resilient agricultural economy by uniting local community members with gardening skills. FFGA’s mission is to fortify communities through the development, encouragement, execution, and support of farms and community gardens, enabling every person in Sint Maarten to cultivate healthy food in their neighbourhoods and districts.

The project envisions a network of gardens spread across Sint Maarten that promotes healthy, active living in a clean environment by cultivating fresh food. FFGA collaborates with community gardens on the island, handling the business aspects of gardening and providing essential support such as gardening advice, workshops, and training. The diverse range of gardens under FFGA includes traditional community gardens, educational gardens, urban farms, and greenhouse horticulture for the Community Supported Agriculture program.

The initiative addresses the challenges faced by Sint Maarten, including the ongoing recovery from the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 and the economic repercussions of COVID-19. The project aims to diminish dependence on food imports, advocate for large-scale agriculture to enhance self-sufficiency, and tackle issues related to unhealthy diets that contribute to obesity and diabetes.

To achieve its objectives, the Marlin Yard Foundation, in collaboration with FFGA, has secured plots of land for community gardening and hurricane-resistant food cultivation. The project integrates various agricultural technologies such as saline permaculture, aquaponics, hydroponics, and horticulture to produce organic, flavorful, and nutritious vegetables, herbs, spices, fruit, and flowers. FFGA aspires to build a new economy parallel to the tourism sector by providing sustained employment and business opportunities.

To support ongoing development and local agricultural projects on St. Maarten, the project seeks financial assistance.

Construction & Services

The FFGA Community Garden at Plantation Succours will be built using recycled natural materials. For instance, within the demarcated slave walls, allotments will be established, thereby repurposing relics and restoring their utility. Landscaping and gardening activities will be undertaken to revive the lush garden Succour once was, yielding an abundance of fresh produce.

Workshop activities, employment opportunities, and business prospects will revolve around food security while concurrently addressing the reduction and upcycling of waste. The Community Garden will be self-sufficient, generating its own electricity, producing biogas, and implementing an independent waste management system. It serves as a model of self-reliance, actively producing its electricity, biogas, and efficiently managing waste.

Reliable & Experienced Partners

Hoom Street

Regarding the construction of hurricane and earthquake challenged and fire resistant storages, and green house structures; our design and construction partner, Hoom Street – www.hoomstreet.com -, excels in alternative construction and possesses extensive knowledge of renewable energy source systems. Their innovative designs pave the way for sustainable and eco-friendly projects.

Carib Housing

Collaborating with Carib Housing – www.caribhousing.com -, our supplier of alternative construction methods, ensures the realization of sustainable structures like Eco Homes, Tiny Houses, Tiny Villas, Eco Business Units, Geodesic Domes and more. Carib Housing is a dedicated Green Community Agent in the Dutch Caribbean, specializing in project management and tenant management.

Vicky’s Keys Volunteer Center

Our development partner Vicky’s Keys brings extensive expertise in sustainable living, permaculture, agriculture, aquaponics, and hydroponics to the project’s development. They offer a sustainable voluntourism experience in Sint Maarten, featuring eco-friendly lodging, agri-tourism activities, and group bookings. Guests actively contribute to SDG projects while enjoying purposeful accommodations at Vicky’s Keys Volunteer Center – www.vickyskeys.com.

Stichting Marlin Yard

As a Non-profit organisation this foundation is dedicated to reducing the ecological footprint. Their  mission is to promote this project together with sustainability and self-reliance in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Caribbean. And to assist FFGA in making this project successful. They abide by  the 4 x R motto: “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle & Repurpose.” Their initiatives include building ecological and hurricane-resistant homes, establishing food security activities, and promoting circular entrepreneurship for community profit sharing through crowd profit sharing. More info is at www.marlinyard.org.

United, these dependable collaborators play a pivotal role in effectively overseeing and promoting the project’s activities. If your organization resonates with our objectives, we encourage you to forge a connection with us. The greater the number of partners we collaborate with to realize our vision, the swifter we can forge a sustainable agricultural economy for Sint Maarten.

The SDG’s

The Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) project aligns with several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, it addresses the following SDGs:

SDG  1 –  No Poverty: By creating job opportunities and fostering economic growth through sustainable agriculture, the project contributes to poverty reduction.

SDG  2 – Zero Hunger: FFGA’s focus on community gardens and sustainable agriculture aims to enhance food security, contributing to the goal of ending hunger.

SDG  3 – Good Health and Well-being: Promoting the cultivation of fresh, nutritious produce addresses health issues related to unhealthy diets, obesity, and diabetes.

SDG  8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth: The project’s emphasis on creating job opportunities and supporting local businesses contributes to the goal of promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

SDG  11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities: FFGA envisions a network of gardens across Sint Maarten, promoting healthy and sustainable urban living.

SDG  12 – Responsible Consumption and Production: The project incorporates sustainable and responsible agricultural practices, including the use of recycled materials and waste management.

SDG  13 – Climate Action: The use of agricultural technologies, such as saline permaculture and hurricane-resistant methods, contributes to climate resilience.

SDG  17- Partnerships for the Goals: FFGA seeks collaborations with various partners to achieve its vision and goals, emphasizing the importance of partnerships for sustainable development.

These connections highlight how the FFGA project contributes to a comprehensive and integrated approach to sustainable development.

How You Can Contribute

Support our community garden initiative through our crowd profit-sharing campaign, turning it into a vibrant center for sustainable agricultural practices and food security. Your contribution will not only help create jobs and reduce waste but also inspire positive change.

We’re looking for backers who can contribute in various essential ways:

1. Financial Support: Backers can make financial contributions to support the establishment and maintenance of community gardens, educational programs, and sustainable farming initiatives. This funding covers costs related to infrastructure, equipment, and ongoing operations.

2. Volunteerism: Backers with gardening skills, agricultural expertise, or a willingness to contribute time and effort can participate as volunteers. Activities may include planting, cultivating, maintaining community gardens, and assisting with educational workshops.

3. Knowledge Sharing: Individuals with expertise in agriculture, permaculture, aquaponics, and related fields can contribute by sharing their knowledge. This involves conducting workshops, providing guidance on sustainable farming practices, and offering insights to enhance the project’s overall success.

4. Promotion and Advocacy: Backers can play a crucial role in promoting the FFGA project within their communities and networks. Advocacy efforts can raise awareness about sustainable agriculture, food security, and community building.

5. Partnerships: Organizations or individuals with resources, networks, or complementary goals can explore partnership opportunities with FFGA. Collaborations can enhance the project’s impact and contribute to its long-term success.

6. Membership: Backers interested in ongoing involvement and support can become members of the FFGA community. Membership may include benefits such as access to workshops, updates on project progress, and the opportunity to actively participate in decision-making processes.

Additionally, backers can provide building materials and labor equipment, supporting the acquisition of essential construction materials and equipment for the project. Empowering the local workforce by contributing to education and training for efficient shipping container modification is another impactful way to support us.

By contributing in these diverse ways, backers become essential to the success of the FFGA project, fostering a sense of community, sustainability, and shared responsibility for the well-being of Sint Maarten. Your backing plays a vital role in bringing sustainability and innovation to life at The Keys Market. Join us on this eco-friendly journey!

For Larger Amount Impact Investing

For substantial impact investments beyond the predefined amounts, contact us directly. Your investment will be promptly converted into Eco Shares, offering benefits like profit sharing, reinvestment for savings, and perks such as discounts, courses, and facility access. These Eco Shares come with ROI estimates ranging from 1% to 9%, and a growth projection of 1% to over 3% within three years.

More info: Eco Shares Program – Stichting Marlin Yard | https://www.marlinyard.org/eco-shares-program/

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————-Frequently Asked Questions FFGA———–

Q: What is the purpose of the project?

A: The purpose of the Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) project is to establish a Community Gardening Association in Sint Maarten, with a focus on promoting sustainable agriculture, fostering community engagement, and addressing food security challenges. The project aims to create a network of community gardens, educational programs, and urban farms to empower local residents to grow healthy food in their neighbourhoods. Additionally, FFGA seeks to contribute to the rebuilding efforts post-hurricanes and mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 by promoting large-scale agriculture for self-sufficiency. Through innovative agricultural technologies and community collaboration, the project envisions a resilient and thriving agricultural economy on the island.

 

Q: Where is the project located?

A: The project is situated in Sint Maarten, Dutch West Indies, at Upper Prince’s Quarter, specifically at The Keys village in Sucker Garden.

 

Q: How will the funds be utilized?

A: The funds will be used to support the development, implementation, and maintenance of the Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) project in Sint Maarten. Key areas where the funds will be utilized include:

1. Community Garden Infrastructure: Construction and preparation of community garden allotments, water irrigation systems, composting areas, storage facilities, and other necessary infrastructure to create operational community gardens.

2. Educational Programs: Funding educational workshops, training sessions, and programs related to gardening, landscaping, nutrition, healthy cooking, and agricultural practices for community members.

3. Technology Implementation: Incorporating agricultural technologies such as saline permaculture, aquaponics, hydroponics, and horticulture for sustainable and hurricane-resistant food cultivation.

4. Operational Costs: Covering ongoing operational expenses, including utilities, maintenance, and administration, to ensure the sustained success of the community gardens and agricultural initiatives.

5. Job Creation: Supporting job opportunities and business prospects centered around food security, waste reduction, and upcycling within the FFGA project.

6. Community Engagement: Promoting community engagement through outreach programs, awareness campaigns, and events to involve and educate residents about the benefits of sustainable agriculture.

7. Partnerships and Collaborations: Facilitating collaborations with other organizations, businesses, and stakeholders to enhance the impact and reach of the FFGA project.

The transparent and responsible use of funds is crucial to achieving the goals of the project and creating a sustainable and resilient agricultural economy in Sint Maarten.

 

Q:  What are the key features of the project site?

A: The project site, located at Plantation Succours in Sucker Garden Upper Prince’s Quarter, Sint Maarten, boasts several key features integral to the Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) initiative:

1. Historical Significance: Situated within the 17th-century plantation known as Succour, the project site holds historical importance, contributing to the cultural heritage of the region.

2. Scenic Location: Nestled at the foot of the Naked Boy hill in The Keys village, the site offers a picturesque and scenic environment, providing an aesthetically pleasing backdrop for the community garden.

3. Agricultural Potential: The land offers ample space and potential for establishing community garden layouts, allotments, and other agricultural facilities. Its fertility supports the cultivation of a variety of crops and plants.

4. Accessible Infrastructure: The site allows for the implementation of essential infrastructure such as water irrigation systems, composting areas, and storage facilities, supporting the operational needs of the community garden.

5. Community-Centric: Located in close proximity to residential areas, the site is conveniently accessible to local community members, promoting active participation and engagement in the FFGA project.

6. Sustainable Practices: The FFGA project aims to implement sustainable and eco-friendly practices, making the site an ideal location for promoting environmentally conscious and resilient agricultural initiatives.

These key features contribute to the suitability of the project site for fostering community gardening, sustainable agriculture, and educational programs envisioned by the Food Farm Gardens Association.

 

Q: What benefits does the project offer to the community?

A: The Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) project brings a multitude of benefits to the community of Sint Maarten:

1. Food Security: By establishing community gardens and agricultural initiatives, the project enhances local food security, reducing dependence on food imports and ensuring a sustainable supply of fresh produce.

2. Economic Opportunities: The FFGA project creates job opportunities and business prospects centered around food security, reducing and upcycling waste. This contributes to the economic resilience and livelihoods of community members.

3. Education and Training: The initiative provides workshops, training programs, and educational activities, empowering community members with gardening skills, agricultural expertise, and knowledge about sustainable farming practices.

4. Health and Well-being: Access to fresh and locally grown produce promotes healthier dietary choices, addressing issues related to unhealthy national diets, obesity, and diabetes. The project encourages active and healthy lifestyles.

5. Community Building: FFGA fosters a sense of community by bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds. Collaborative gardening spaces and shared knowledge exchange contribute to stronger social connections and community cohesion.

6. Sustainable Practices: Implementing eco-friendly technologies and methods, such as saline permaculture, aquaponics, hydroponics, and greenhouse horticulture, the project serves as a model for sustainable and resilient agricultural practices.

7. Cultural Heritage Preservation: The project site, located within the historical Succour plantation, contributes to the preservation of cultural heritage, connecting community members with the region’s rich history.

8. Environmental Impact: The initiative incorporates sustainable waste management systems, renewable energy sources, and environmentally conscious practices, minimizing the project’s ecological footprint and contributing to a cleaner environment.

In summary, the FFGA project is designed to offer a holistic range of benefits, encompassing food security, economic empowerment, education, health improvement, community cohesion, cultural preservation, and environmental sustainability for the community of Sint Maarten.

 

Q: How can individuals contribute or get involved?

A: Individuals can contribute or get involved in the Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) project in various ways:

1. Financial Support: Individuals can make financial contributions to support the establishment and maintenance of community gardens, educational programs, and sustainable farming initiatives. This funding helps cover infrastructure, equipment, and operational costs.

2. Volunteerism: Those with gardening skills, agricultural expertise, or a willingness to contribute time and effort can participate as volunteers. Volunteers engage in activities such as planting, cultivating, maintaining community gardens, and assisting with educational workshops.

3. Knowledge Sharing: Individuals with expertise in agriculture, permaculture, aquaponics, or related fields can contribute by sharing their knowledge. This may involve conducting workshops, providing guidance on sustainable farming practices, and offering insights to enhance the overall success of the project.

4. Promotion and Advocacy: Supporters can play a crucial role in promoting the FFGA project within their communities and networks. Advocacy efforts raise awareness about sustainable agriculture, food security, and community building.

5. Partnerships: Organizations or individuals with resources, networks, or complementary goals can explore partnership opportunities with FFGA. Collaborations can enhance the impact of the project and contribute to its long-term success.

6. Membership: Individuals interested in ongoing involvement and support can become members of the FFGA community. Membership may offer benefits such as access to workshops, updates on project progress, and the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes.

7. Provide Building Materials and Labor Equipment: Supporters can contribute by providing essential construction materials and equipment needed for the project’s development.

8. Empower Local Workforce: Contributions toward creating a skilled local workforce, providing education, and training for efficient shipping container modification.

By participating in these ways, individuals become integral to the success of the FFGA project, fostering a sense of community, sustainability, and shared responsibility for the well-being of Sint Maarten.

 

Q: What are the different funding or investment levels available?

A: The project offers various funding or investment levels with corresponding benefits:

Different Funding or Investment Levels:

1. Seed-Level Backer: US$ 150 – US$ 249

Plant the first seed with a minimum investment and receive exclusive early-access updates and a digital “Green Horizons Supporter” badge.

2. Sapling-Level Backer: US$ 250 – US$ 349

Take root with a larger investment and receive personalized recognition on our website, along with a virtual tour of one of our active projects.

3. Forest-Level Backer : US$ 350 – US$ 449
Become a major contributor and enjoy all previous rewards, plus a dedicated tree planted in your name in one of our afforestation projects.

4. Earth Guardian Backer: US$ 450 – US$ 549

For our committed backers, receive VIP invitations to on-site project visits, private consultations with our sustainability experts, and the opportunity to name a future project!

5. Eco Shares Program Entry Level 4 – Ambassador: US$ 550 – US$ 649

Backers who choose this level are immediately enrolled in the Eco Sharing Program.

Ambassadors are highly engaged individuals who play a significant role in promoting and representing Crowd Profit Sharing and Eco Shares program. They may have additional responsibilities, such as organizing events or serving as community leaders.

6. Eco Shares Program Entry Level 5 – Patron: US$ 650

Backers who choose this level are immediately enrolled in the Eco Sharing Program.

This level is for those who go above and beyond, contributing substantial resources, expertise, or support to Crowd Profit Sharing and the Eco Shares program. This level could be reserved for major investors, strategic partners, or influential supporters.

For Larger Amount Impact Investing

For substantial impact investments beyond the predefined amounts, contact us directly. Your investment will be promptly converted into Eco Shares, offering benefits like profit sharing, reinvestment for savings, and perks such as discounts, courses, and facility access. These Eco Shares come with ROI estimates ranging from 1% to 9%, and a growth projection of 1% to over 3% within three years.

More info: Eco Shares Program – Stichting Marlin Yard | https://www.marlinyard.org/eco-shares-program/

 

Q: Are there rewards or incentives for backers?

A: Absolutely, backers can expect enticing rewards or incentives corresponding to their selected funding or investment levels. In our case see the side bar what we have to offer our backers.

Here are rewards or incentives for backers based on their chosen funding or investment levels.

1. Seed-Level Backer (US$ 150)

a) Recognition: We acknowledge your contribution by featuring your name on a dedicated section of the FFGA website and in promotional materials. This recognition can be a lasting tribute to your support.

b) Community Events: You are invited to special community events, gatherings, or tours of the FFGA gardens. This provides a firsthand experience of the project’s impact.

c) Seed Packets: We would love to send you packets of seeds from the FFGA gardens. This way you can plant these seeds in your own garden, fostering a connection between the FFGA project and your home.

**Note:** For those outside Sint Maarten who wish to visit, we extend an exclusive discounted rate for accommodations at our partner Vicky’s Keys Volunteer Center. Conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from the Community Gardens, it offers a comfortable stay during your visit. Learn more www.vickyskeys.com

 

2. Sapling-Level Backer (US$ 250)

a) Harvest Shares:

1)        If you reside in Sint Maarten, you qualify to receive seasonal harvest shares from the community garden. Throughout this designated season, you can enjoy regular deliveries of fresh produce cultivated in the FFGA gardens.

2)        If you’re not a resident of Sint Maarten but have relatives, friends, or acquaintances on the island, your chosen person can receive reserved shares of the harvest on your behalf.

3)        In the absence of connections in Sint Maarten, your reserved harvest shares will be compassionately donated to a group of locals facing unfortunate circumstances and living in poverty. Updates on the beneficiaries of your harvest share will be provided.

b) Community Events: You are warmly invited to special community events, gatherings, or guided tours of the FFGA gardens. This offers you a firsthand experience of witnessing the impact of the project.

c) Seed Packets: We’d be delighted to send you carefully curated packets of seeds from the thriving FFGA gardens. Planting these seeds in your own garden not only allows you to enjoy the harvest but also fosters a meaningful connection between the FFGA project and your home.

**Note:** For those outside Sint Maarten who wish to visit, we extend an exclusive discounted rate for accommodations at our partner Vicky’s Keys Volunteer Center. Conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from the Community Gardens, it offers a comfortable stay during your visit. Learn more www.vickyskeys.com

 

3. Forest-Level Backer (US$ 350)

a) Personalized Garden Plots: You are offered the opportunity to have a personalized garden plot within the community garden. We are happy to display your name or a special message at a garden plot, creating a sense of ownership.

b) Community Events: You are warmly invited to special community events, gatherings, or guided tours of the FFGA gardens. This offers you a firsthand experience of witnessing the impact of the project.

c) Seed Packets: We’d be delighted to send you carefully curated packets of seeds from the thriving FFGA gardens. Planting these seeds in your own garden not only allows you to enjoy the harvest but also fosters a meaningful connection between the FFGA project and your home.

**Note:** For those outside Sint Maarten who wish to visit, we extend an exclusive discounted rate for accommodations at our partner Vicky’s Keys Volunteer Center. Conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from the Community Gardens, it offers a comfortable stay during your visit. Learn more www.vickyskeys.com

 

4. Earth Guardian Backer (US$ 450)

a) Exclusive Workshops

You are invited to participate organized workshops or training sessions on gardening, permaculture, or sustainable farming practices. This way you can enhance your skills and knowledge in these areas.

b) Community Events: You are warmly invited to special community events, gatherings, or guided tours of the FFGA gardens. This offers you a firsthand experience of witnessing the impact of the project.

c) Seed Packets: We’d be delighted to send you carefully curated packets of seeds from the thriving FFGA gardens. Planting these seeds in your own garden not only allows you to enjoy the harvest but also fosters a meaningful connection between the FFGA project and your home.

**Note:** For those outside Sint Maarten who wish to visit, we extend an exclusive discounted rate for accommodations at our partner Vicky’s Keys Volunteer Center. Conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from the Community Gardens, it offers a comfortable stay during your visit. Learn more www.vickyskeys.com

 

5. Eco Shares Entry Level 4 – Ambassador

Backers who choose this level are immediately enrolled in the Eco Sharing Program.

Start with 4 Eco Shares: Join the Eco Shares saving scheme and witness your investment flourish over 3 years with yearly dividends. These Eco Shares boast ROI estimates ranging from 1% to 9%.

For our committed backers, receive VIP invitations to on-site project visits, private consultations with our sustainability experts, and the opportunity to name a future project! Ambassadors are highly engaged individuals who play a significant role in promoting and representing the Eco Shares program. They may have additional responsibilities, such as organizing events or serving as community leaders.

 

6. Eco Shares Entry Level 5 – Patron (US$ 650):

Start with 5 Eco Shares: Join the Eco Shares saving scheme and witness your investment flourish over 3 years with yearly dividends. These Eco Shares boast ROI estimates ranging from 1% to 9%.

As a distinguished Patron of the Eco Shares program, your substantial contribution comes with exclusive rewards and benefits, showcasing our deepest gratitude for your exceptional support.

 

Q. What happens if the funding goal is not reached?

A: Crowd Profit Sharing applies the Flexible Funding concept. In contrast to certain platforms they offer flexible funding where the project receives the funds raised, even if the goal is not met. However, this may impact the project’s ability to fully implement its plans, and the we the creators might need to adjust our scope or find alternative sources of funding.

 

Q:  Is there a timeline for project completion?

A: Yes, there is a timeline for the project completion. The specific details can be found in the project description or updates provided by us.

 

Q: How is the project aligned with sustainability goals?

The SDG’s

The Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) project aligns with several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, it addresses the following SDGs:

SDG  1 –  No Poverty

SDG  2 – Zero Hunger

SDG  3 – Good Health and Well-being

SDG  8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG  11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG  12 – Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG  13 – Climate Action

SDG  17- Partnerships for the Goals

These connections highlight how the FFGA project contributes to a comprehensive and integrated approach to sustainable development.

 

Q: Are there plans for ongoing updates and communication?

A: Yes, we are committed to providing regular updates and maintaining open communication channels with our backers and community members. You can expect newsletters, progress reports, and other updates to keep you informed about the developments, milestones, and impact of the FFGA project. We value transparency and believe in sharing the journey with our supporters.

 

Q: How does the project impact the local economy?

A: The project has a significant impact on the local economy by creating job opportunities, fostering entrepreneurship, and contributing to the development of a sustainable and resilient agricultural sector. Through the establishment of community gardens, educational programs, and sustainable farming initiatives, the Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) aims to strengthen the local workforce.

The project provides employment opportunities related to the construction and maintenance of community gardens, the operation of educational programs, and the management of sustainable farming practices. By empowering local individuals with gardening skills and knowledge, FFGA contributes to the skill development and economic empowerment of the community.

Furthermore, the FFGA project aligns with the goal of reducing dependence on food imports, promoting large-scale agriculture, and addressing issues related to unhealthy diets. This has the potential to create a more self-sufficient and economically robust local economy, reducing vulnerabilities and enhancing resilience.

In summary, the FFGA project positively influences the local economy by generating jobs, promoting entrepreneurship, and fostering a sustainable and resilient agricultural economy on Sint Maarten.

 

Q: What is the long-term vision for the project?

A: The long-term vision for the Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) project is to establish a network of sustainable and resilient community gardens across Sint Maarten and maybe beyond the borders of Sint Maarten. The project aims to create a lasting impact on the island by promoting healthy, active living, fostering community engagement, and contributing to food security.

The key components of the long-term vision include:

1. Expansion of Community Gardens: FFGA envisions the continued expansion of community gardens in various neighbourhoods and districts of Sint Maarten. These gardens will serve as hubs for growing fresh, organic produce and fostering a sense of community.

2. Education and Skill Development: The project aims to play a crucial role in educating the local community about sustainable farming practices, permaculture, aquaponics, and related fields. By providing workshops and training, FFGA seeks to enhance the knowledge and skills of individuals interested in agriculture.

3. Economic Diversification: FFGA aspires to contribute to economic diversification on the island by building a sustainable agricultural economy. This includes creating ongoing jobs, business opportunities, and partnerships that support the agricultural sector.

4. Community Well-being: The long-term vision emphasizes the well-being of the community, both in terms of physical health and a sense of belonging. The network of community gardens is envisioned to promote healthy eating habits, reduce the impact of food insecurity, and create spaces for social interaction.

5. Environmental Sustainability: FFGA aims to continue implementing environmentally sustainable practices, including the use of organic farming methods, waste management systems, and renewable energy sources. This contributes to the overall environmental health of Sint Maarten.

6. Partnerships and Collaboration: The project envisions establishing strong partnerships with local organizations, government agencies, and businesses to create a collaborative network that enhances the impact of sustainable agriculture initiatives.

In summary, the long-term vision for FFGA is to create a resilient, sustainable, and community-driven model for agriculture on Sint Maarten, contributing to the well-being of residents and the overall development of the island.

 

Q: Will I continue getting perks and enjoy incentives when I am not backing a project anymore?

A: Absolutely Yes! Backers who have previously supported the Food Farm Gardens Association (FFGA) project will continue to enjoy perks and incentives even if they are not actively backing the project at a given time. FFGA values its backers and aims to maintain an ongoing relationship with them.

The continued perks and incentives may include:

Community Events: Former backers are invited to special community events, gatherings, or tours of the FFGA gardens. This provides an opportunity to stay connected and witness the impact of the project firsthand.

Discounts and Special Rates: Backers who have previously supported the project may be eligible for discounts or special rates on certain offerings, such as accommodation at partner facilities.

Updates and Communication: FFGA is committed to providing ongoing updates and communication to keep backers informed about the progress of the project, achievements, and upcoming initiatives.

By offering continued perks and incentives, FFGA aims to express gratitude to its supporters and maintain a sense of community engagement even beyond the active backing period.

 

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**Seed-Level Backer** a) Recognition: We acknowledge your contribution by featuring your name on a dedicated section of the FFGA website and in promotional materials. This recognition can be a lasting tribute to your support. b) Community Events: You are invited to special community events, gatherings, or tours of the FFGA gardens. This provides a firsthand experience of the project's impact. c) Seed Packets: We would love to send you packets of seeds from the FFGA gardens. This way you can plant these seeds in your own garden, fostering a connection between the FFGA project and your home. **Note:** For those outside Sint Maarten who wish to visit, we extend an exclusive discounted rate for accommodations at our partner Vicky’s Keys Volunteer Center. Conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from the Community Gardens, it offers a comfortable stay during your visit. Learn more www.vickyskeys.com

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**Sapling-Level Backer** a) Harvest Shares: 1) If you reside in Sint Maarten, you qualify to receive seasonal harvest shares from the community garden. Throughout this designated season, you can enjoy regular deliveries of fresh produce cultivated in the FFGA gardens. 2) If you're not a resident of Sint Maarten but have relatives, friends, or acquaintances on the island, your chosen person can receive reserved shares of the harvest on your behalf. 3) In the absence of connections in Sint Maarten, your reserved harvest shares will be compassionately donated to a group of locals facing unfortunate circumstances and living in poverty. Updates on the beneficiaries of your harvest share will be provided. b) Community Events: You are warmly invited to special community events, gatherings, or guided tours of the FFGA gardens. This offers you a firsthand experience of witnessing the impact of the project. c) Seed Packets: We’d be delighted to send you carefully curated packets of seeds from the thriving FFGA gardens. Planting these seeds in your own garden not only allows you to enjoy the harvest but also fosters a meaningful connection between the FFGA project and your home. **Note:** For those outside Sint Maarten who wish to visit, we extend an exclusive discounted rate for accommodations at our partner Vicky’s Keys Volunteer Center. Conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from the Community Gardens, it offers a comfortable stay during your visit. Learn more www.vickyskeys.com

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**Forest-Level Backer** a) Personalized Garden Plots: You are offered the opportunity to have a personalized garden plot within the community garden. We are happy to display your name or a special message at a garden plot, creating a sense of ownership. b) Community Events: You are warmly invited to special community events, gatherings, or guided tours of the FFGA gardens. This offers you a firsthand experience of witnessing the impact of the project. c) Seed Packets: We'd be delighted to send you carefully curated packets of seeds from the thriving FFGA gardens. Planting these seeds in your own garden not only allows you to enjoy the harvest but also fosters a meaningful connection between the FFGA project and your home. **Note:** For those outside Sint Maarten who wish to visit, we extend an exclusive discounted rate for accommodations at our partner Vicky’s Keys Volunteer Center. Conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from the Community Gardens, it offers a comfortable stay during your visit. Learn more www.vickyskeys.com

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**Earth Guardian Backer** a) Exclusive Workshops You are invited to participate organized workshops or training sessions on gardening, permaculture, or sustainable farming practices. This way you can enhance your skills and knowledge in these areas. b) Community Events: You are warmly invited to special community events, gatherings, or guided tours of the FFGA gardens. This offers you a firsthand experience of witnessing the impact of the project. c) Seed Packets: We'd be delighted to send you carefully curated packets of seeds from the thriving FFGA gardens. Planting these seeds in your own garden not only allows you to enjoy the harvest but also fosters a meaningful connection between the FFGA project and your home. **Note:** For those outside Sint Maarten who wish to visit, we extend an exclusive discounted rate for accommodations at our partner Vicky’s Keys Volunteer Center. Conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from the Community Gardens, it offers a comfortable stay during your visit. Learn more www.vickyskeys.com

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**Eco Shares Entry Level 4 – Ambassador** Backers who choose this level are immediately enrolled in the Eco Sharing Program. Start with 4 Eco Shares: Join the Eco Shares saving scheme and witness your investment flourish over 3 years with yearly dividends. These Eco Shares boast ROI estimates ranging from 1% to 9%. For our committed backers, receive VIP invitations to on-site project visits, private consultations with our sustainability experts, and the opportunity to name a future project! Ambassadors are highly engaged individuals who play a significant role in promoting and representing the Eco Shares program. They may have additional responsibilities, such as organizing events or serving as community leaders.

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**Eco Shares Entry Level 5 – Patron** Start with 5 Eco Shares: Join the Eco Shares saving scheme and witness your investment flourish over 3 years with yearly dividends. These Eco Shares boast ROI estimates ranging from 1% to 9%. As a distinguished Patron of the Eco Shares program, your substantial contribution comes with exclusive rewards and benefits, showcasing our deepest gratitude for your exceptional support.

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