grRevised Occupy Farms proposal for Saturday Dec. 17th GA
$3,000 for gas and food costs for farm outreach over the next month
24 trips of 10-15 occupiers to a growing network of farms
Occupy Farms is a new avenue in which the Occupy movement can literally grow in a more profound and sustainable way. This working group will give the OWS cause:
Kitchen passed a $10k weekly budget. The prolonged viability either financially, ecologically or even ethically of this model cannot be guaranteed. As a movement, we need to occupy our food supply.
Activists will now have an escape from the city. The farm will be a place for not only manual labor, but a creative retreat where you can work on your own projects.
The farm creates jobs that raise self esteem and a sense of accomplishment. This promotes community and psychological well being.
4) Homes. Period.
5) Tool for Activism
A claim on the fault lines of fracking activism. This property sits above natural gas. The family came to us because they wanted an alternative to selling out to corporations that destroy our planet.
Itemized budget for multiple trips to the Woodstock farm over the course of a month:
Transportation costs – $1,500
-3 cars each trip x 2 trips/wk = 6 trips x 4 wks = 24 trips scheduled over 1 month
-$50 per trip x 24 trips = $1,200 plus $300 emergency fund
single trip breakdown: 300 mile round trip / 25 mpg x $4 gal = $48. + $2 coffee
Food costs – $1,500
-10-15 person presence on farm at all times
-daily recommended food budget of $5/day/person (per accounting)
-10 people x $5/day = $50/day x 30 day = $1,500 max food budget for month
The mission of Occupy Farms is strictly to do farm and rural outreach with the hope of taking the occupy message to the farmland. This will mainly focus on transporting occupiers up to and among the growing network of farms using personal vehicles that are reimbursed gas money and providing for the basic needs of these occupiers while away from the city. The organizational model and fundraising of farms will be left up to the people who choose to work them, and will not be the responsibility or liability of Occupy Farms or the OWS movement.