“Plant A Seed, Watch It Grow” was Howdy! Farm’s weeklong campaign. All this week (February 24th - 28th), the Howdy Farmers have been on Texas A&M’s campus passing out seeds with a very simple message: “Plant A Seed, Watch It Grow”! Our goal is to plant seeds on our Aggie farm through sustainable practices, protecting earth’s natural ecosystems and promoting responsible agriculture. On campus, we passed out 5,500 seeds of all kinds (okra, beets, corn, cilantro, tomatoes, beans, and peas) to students, so they can be a part of the food and farming revolution!
Through our weeklong awareness campaign (Plant A Seed, Watch It Grow!), Howdy! Farm hopes to help students recognize a connection to their food source. By “planting” a seed in a student’s hands, we hope Aggies can watch it grow and harvest its fruits, showcasing the relationship between individual action and responsible agriculture. Instead of simply passing out flyers, we passed out an action for students to be a part of: planting! The metaphor in planting a seed and watching it grow is no accident.
Today, Friday, Howdy! Farm’s campaign on campus comes to a close - but continues to sprout on the web through AggieFunding.com! Aggie Funding is a website created specifically to help student organizations raise funds in support of their philanthropies and operating needs. Our online fundraising campaign launched today, Friday, on AggieFunding.com. Everyone from students to corporations can get involved by donating and contributing to the bright future of Howdy! Farm.
Howdy! Farm has a fundraising goal of $45,000. With the help of Aggie Funding, we believe this is a more than obtainable goal. In May, we will build our sustainability building, created by Reclaimed Space in Austin. With the new building to house educational classes and workshops, Howdy! Farm wants to become a true Texas Aggie destination on campus. We are trying to raise $45,000 for the future development, enhancement, and growth of an educational farm and student-run business. We are looking to enhance student education through high-impact experiential learning. The funds received will facilitate operations, build new interactive working farm lands, and provide an aesthetic, functional, interpretative, ecologically oriented on-campus farm. Ultimately, the campaign is to serve the Texas A&M student body by providing them with a place to enhance their knowledge by hands-on experience. We aim to provide students with an opportunity to develop leadership skills and reconnect with their food source.
Our fundraising campaign is rooted in the development of these key projects:
*Creation of four new sustainably-cultivated Gardens
*Furnishing our new Sustainability Building, which will house:
*Establishing the Howdy! Farm presence as a timeless destination and component of the Aggie Gardens and Greenway Project
Plant a seed, and watch it grow!
Your funding is our seed – watch us grow with your support!
***Please consider planting a seed with the Howdy Farm by making a donation through aggiefunding.com***
What some of the Howdy Farmers are saying:
David Smith, President:
“My question to the public is ‘Where’s the food without the farmer?’ Everyone can be a farmer. Plant a seed and watch it grow is not only a slogan, it’s a way of life. It’s responsibility, accountability, loyalty, heritage, and the very roots of this excellent University. It’s our future.”
Jessica Guerra, Fundraising:
“My values in humanity’s connection to the earth and our right to its good, healthy food manifest directly in the Howdy! Farm. I see being a part of it as nothing short of a gift.”
Jessica Newman, Public relations officer:
“I dreamt of this “Plant A Seed, Watch It Grow” Campaign in my sleep! To actually put it together, carry it out, and see it happen - thanks to all the dedicated Howdy Farmers – is a good feeling.”
John Adams, Sustainability officer:
“We have something really remarkable going on, but a lot of students don’t even know about it. We want to let everybody know they can be a part of it.”
Monica Cueva, Secretary:
“You get a lot of flyers as you walk through academic plaza everyday, but rarely, if ever, do you get seeds! People were definitely puzzled by it. “