In 2021, I'll be chainstitching and raffling off a banner in the final week of every month. Each 18x24" banner will be designed by a different artist, (the lineup can be found here), and chainstitch embroidered and sewn together by me. The banners will be raffled off at $10 per entry, and 100% of the money raised will be donated to the organization chosen by the designer of the banner. This July banner was designed by Lauren Hom, and she decided to donate the money to Keep Growing Detroit.

From Lauren: “The organization I'm raising money for is Keep Growing Detroit, a local organization I belong to whose mission is to promote a food sovereign city where the majority of fruits and vegetables consumed by Detroiters are grown by residents within the city’s limits.

Healthy, fresh food should be available to all, and KGD provides free or low-cost educational resources and supplies to empower communities to start growing their own food. Food connects us all (everyone's gotta eat!), and food sovereignty shifts the power to define food & agricultural systems away from big corporations and towards the people who actually grow, distribute and eat the food.

Through their Garden Resource Program, I successfully started growing greens, tomatoes, and herbs on my small apartment balcony! They also support and training to those who want to start community gardens, as well as youth programs to inspire the next generation of good food advocates.

If you're interested in growing food for your family or your community, check out & support the work KGD is doing (they've got some great online resources not just limited to Detroiters) and look up local farming/gardening organizations in your city.

More info about the raffle is as follows:

1. Each ticket to the raffle costs $10, and 100% of the money from the banner will go to the Keep Growing Detroit.

2. Every $10 gets an extra raffle ticket, $10=1, $30=3 tickets, etc.
3. When purchasing your raffle ticket(s) please use an up-to-date email address so that if you end up being the winner, I can reach out directly and arrange shipping details (or pickup if the winner is local to Chicago).
4. The contest will end July 31st at 12a CST, and I'll announce the winners on my instagram story at 12p CST on 8/01, then I'll get in contact with the winner directly.