The Latest "Brief" from the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

2014 - what a year it has been!  In brief:

 

In December we were awarded $1,350,000 in funding through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application.  This brings our total committed funds to 64% of the total needed to rehabilitate the building.  This announcement followed close on the heels of a $100,000 award from the TD Charitable Foundation.  Other funds received this year came from the Central Hudson Main Street Revitalization Program and Dutchess County. 

Over the past few months we have interviewed over a dozen potential commercial tenants for the space who responded to our Request for Interest for artisans, makers, designers, food producers, and crafters to join us in this pioneering project.  We hope to be able to open our doors around this time next year.  Got an idea?  We’re still interviewing!

 

This spring, teens staying at our River Haven Youth Shelter helped design, build, and plant two community garden beds on site, and came on a weekly basis to weed and water.  We’re happy to be creating new opportunities for youth to engage in the community and realize the benefits of gardening.

We also hosted over 130 volunteers at the project this year who gave of their time and talents to help install temporary windows in the building, clean up the site, and maintain the community garden.  

 

A new logo was developed for the project with the support of local design firm Mark & Phil.  We’ve begun to spread the word about the project through the media, signage, and Underwear Factory swag, like our reusable grocery tote.  Get yours here!

 

We thank everyone who has shown their support by donating to our Windows Campaign. 43 windows have been sponsored so far!  Claim your window here.

 

What’s next?

  • Construction will begin in earnest right after the new year, beginning with repair to the slate roof.
  • We’re still interested to hear what inspirational ideas are out there for how to link local foods, arts, design, and economic development through this project!  Ideas can be submitted online or reach out.
  • On February 23rd, we’re partnering with Re>Think Local and Beahive Co-Working for a panel discussion on food-based social enterprises featuring Jason Schuler of Drink More Good, Nels Leader of Bread Alone, and Ben Giardullo of Food Systems Consulting.  Save the date!
  • The Poughkeepsie Mobile Farmers Market will launch in May 2015, with the Underwear Factory becoming a weekly host site for this trailer stocked full of fresh, local produce.  
  • We continue to have requests for Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory boxer shorts!  Keep your eyes open for a shop featuring several Underwear Factory items for sale, including shirts, boxers, totes, tees, and more!

The richness of the local Poughkeepsie community and the surrounding Hudson Valley continue to inspire our work at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory.  Thank you!  Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates!

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Comment by Karen E. Venzen on February 3, 2015 at 12:29pm
A great way to make money!

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