Helping Five Points & OCO Grow Community Through Food!

For: OUR Urban Garden, OCO, and the Five Points Community
Knoxville, TN
Organizer: Marie Illingworth & OCO
of $1,000 goal.
Raised by 23 donors
93% Complete
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The Story

OCO, or OUR Community Organization in Five Points, has a dream to help grow OUR community by putting OUR boots on the ground and hands in the dirt this Spring and Summer!

KCDC has loaned us the land. Community Design Center volunteered the plans. The City of Knoxville is donating the mulch. St. Lukes Episcopal's minister is loaning the heavy equipment (bobcat, etc.) and his landscaping skills... and we have several manpower volunteers who will be coming out for the first Day In The Dirt on May 20th, but we need the basics to start the garden beds.

  1. Landscaping timber: 6 beds – 10x6, 3 timbers deep. Need 72 timbers for all 6 beds.
    $3.57 per 8-foot timber
    $257.04 Total before tax

  2. 60 2-foot rebar to secure beds
    $1.65 each
    $99 Total before tax

  3. Small troughs for strawberry patches: we would like to start with 2-3, but envision eventually having 6 throughout the garden. 
    $75 each*

  4. 10 x 10 Popup canopy tent for reading and learning days with youth. Tent will also be used for tabling at local events and summer game/reading days with the youth in the square at Walter P Taylor homes.

  5. 2-3 benches with mountable hardware*

    *We’ll get as many as we can raise money for. These aren’t the first priority!

    If enough funds are raised, we are also hoping to acquire a tent/cover for reading, game, and learning days with the youth this summer! Donations of perennial flowers and used benches that can be refurbished would be greatly appreciated as well! Please contact me directly if you have anything that can be picked up in donation!

No one can do everything… but imagine if everyone did something. We’re reminded of this every day as we slowly continue to engage and plan the future of OCO and OUR Urban Garden. One. Day. At. A. Time.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 22, 2017

Posted on May 22, 2017

Saturday we completed the building of three beds, had enough dirt hauled in to fill one of them... and got lots of flowers, veggies and berries planted! (Not to mention plenty of socializing and talking with volunteers about OCO and OUG's future in the community.) Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts!

Posted on May 20, 2017

Posted on May 20, 2017

What else is OCO up to? Today we had a 'Day In The Square' at Walter P Taylor Homes... where we made masks for Open Streets with about 25 of the neighborhood kids. Check out the pictures on the website -

Posted on May 19, 2017

Posted on May 19, 2017

We are amazed and thankful at the response to this fundraiser. Thanks to your support, we've raised enough funds for all six raised beds, the strawberry 'troughs' and almost enough to invest in a portable canopy to use both at the Garden site and at our Square Days with the youth this summer.

We are having our first 'Day In The Dirt' this Saturday, May 20th at 10am. The next one will be June 24th, so make note and please come and join us!

Don't forget to follow the Garden's facebook page to see the work as the summer progresses ( And bookmark our currently in progress website ( to keep up with other projects in the community!

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