#1SOUND

Business Economy

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The founding and purpose for #1Sound is to develop a solid business economy through the collaboration of local minority businesses that will function and thrive as a collective. The first business developed with #1Sound is Farmer Girl Eb, where seeds, seedlings, herbs, plants, fresh produce and floral arrangements are planted, grown and sold locally.

Farmer Girl Eb also works with other farmers and farms to provide fresh produce to the community and provides education through various seminars, informational sessions, events and trainings in the areas of agriculture, natural and nutritional living. 

Out of the End, Inc.

Youth Program

OUT OF THE END, INCORPORATED is a non-profit organization, since 2019. This organization is geared towards providing thriving skills to youth between the ages of 5-17. Our mission is to create a foundation for the black and brown community within the Greater Pittsburgh Metropolitan area and surroundings with sustainability, equity, and livability. We want low income and at-risk families to thrive by growing their own food, providing their own basic medical skills, and becoming financially literate enough to produce their own financial institutions. Our vision is a world of people with access to free food, healthcare, and financial resources to help live a stress-free life.

In our program, participants will learn how to eat healthy, care for their bodies, and the environment, this includes youth and senior citizens. Through our organization we want families to find the resources that will provide employment for family and community. Upon completion of our program, participants will be prepared for entrepreneurship endeavors.

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Youth Programming Goals:

We offer 8-week sessions year-round to youth ages 5-17. Our main goal is to provide skills to participants that will help them learn care for their selves and one another. We want our participants to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become the economic foundation that sustains at-risk people and families in Pittsburgh and communities at-large.

Specific Outcomes:

  1. Participants learn to grow food and or find it.

  2. How to find water and purify it.

  3. Learn the art of clothing repair

  4. Learn basic grooming skills

  5. Learn First Aid.

  6. How to start and maintain a fire.

  7. Learn basic self-defense strategies/Fitness

  8. Learn financial strategies to become and maintain youth entrepreneurs*

  9. Learn cabin building (optional)

  10. Each participant creates their own “Bug Out” bag.

 

*Our entrepreneurship program is where you will learn what it takes to mass produce your product and how to market. On-site experience will give new markets the experience of group trading, price setting and book-keeping. With these skills, we are on our way to an economic foundation.

Meet

Ebony Lunsford-Evans

Founder & CEO

A wife, mother and grower, Ebony Lunsford-Evans proudly goes by the name “Farmer Girl Eb” because of her love of farming, gardening and just plain old playing in dirt! She loves anything that has to do with growing.

 

A native of Pittsburgh’s Northside and a product of the Pittsburgh Public School system, Ebony decided to become an educator herself and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She taught in the Pittsburgh School District for eleven years before becoming a fulltime urban farmer.

 

It all started in her back yard while raising her children. They would always choose science projects related to growing something whether it was a plant, flower, or vegetable and soon after, other kids within her community were drawn to

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her backyard as they also expressed an interest in the various things they were growing. So true to her nature, she turned her backyard into an outdoor classroom and began teaching the youth how to grow food. After growing over 30 different types of fruits, vegetables and herbs, the youth in the community had a small youth farmer’s market.

 

After doing this for about two years, Ebony founded a non-profit organization called Out of the End, Incorporated, in order to continue to provide these skills on a larger scale while continuing to develop professionally. She attends farming seminars, participates in rigorous research and controlled experiments and became a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) which assists with her ability to stay abreast of best farming practices.

Ebony continues to educate and advocate for growing food and is so completely fulfilled in her role of helping her community by and large, to thrive through the necessary skills to maintain healthier lifestyles, fight illness and become closer to being self-sustainable when it comes to growing our own food.