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Fall is a time to pause, plan, and reflect. Over the past year we have worked hard to establish Philadelphia’s first rooftop farm. We have written numerous grants, raised thousands or dollars, and introduced so many people to the important issues around rooftop farming. And although we have not found a rooftop site or grown the produce we were hoping this season there is still a tremendous amount of interest in our project and a drive to succeed.

So like all other farmers we will take this winter to reconsider, to gain support and finances, to plan for our upcoming season.

We want to highlight a few of the really amazing events of this season :

The Cloud 9 Fundraiser at SHARE

Cloud 9 Workdays at SHARE

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The Cloud 9 photos being included in photographer Albert Yee’s Farms that Feed You exhibit at Wedge and Fig restaurant

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Cloud 9 Fundraisers at Studio 34 Yoga Studio in West Philadelphia, PA

The Quaker Leadership Scholars Program alumni panel at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC

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The loving support of friends and family who have helped us every step along the way. ! We love you.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES FOR CLOUD 9 ROOFTOP FARM!

Cloud 9 Workday Fun

Cloud 9 Workday Fun

Clare and Kyuho work on Cloud 9 planters at our first workday! Workday part II will include planting the pepper planters into the planters!

Cloud 9 Gets Press

Hey folks,

Check out an article about Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm at Seedstock.com. Thanks Kelly for a great article!

http://seedstock.com/2012/07/06/two-farmers-seek-to-create-educational-farm-in-the-city-by-cultivating-an-urban-rooftop/#more-

xoxo

Ain’t no power like the power of the people …

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

The above quote by MLK Jr. really speaks to the condition Cloud 9 currently faces. We are currently struggling with endless bureaucratic hold ups, financial limitations, and the struggle of balancing two jobs and starting a farm. Nevertheless no successful project has started seamlessly and the lessons we’ve learned from this past year are invaluable.

As we persevere forward towards fiscal sponsorship with Greener Partners, getting a lease to grow at SHARE, and writing major and minor grants there are many things we are still doing.

Cloud 9 is now attending the Francisville Farmers market at the corner of 15th and Fairmount every Saturay from 10 -2 where we will be selling t-shirts, tote bags, buttons and Francisville produce until we are growing our own lettuce, collards, peppers, and flowers.

Likewise, support on Friday June 29th at Studio 34 in W. Philadelphia for a yoga class where half the proceeds go to Cloud 9!

We hope to host some further fundraisers and a volunteer day as we move towards building!

Please contact Clare Hyre or Rania Cambell-Cobb at cloud9rooftopfarm@gmail.com if you have questions or want to get involved!

UPCOMING ACTIVITY FOR CLOUD 9!

SUPPORT CLOUD 9 ROOFTOP FARM AND ENJOY A YOGA CLASS ON FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

Transform a nearly vacant rooftop into a viable education and production farm!



Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm, Philadelphia, PA                             Brooklyn Grange, Queens, NYC

STUDIO 34 : Yoga* Healing* Art offers a Friday Yoga Benefit Class for Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm

LOCATION : 4522 Baltimore Ave., West Philly, 19143
CLASS TIME : 5 :30pm  – 6:45pm
WHEN : Friday, June 29, 2012
COST : Pay what you can, suggested donation of $10