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Grow large amounts of food in compact spaces with minimal labor and no electricity.
Leo Gesvantner
New Windsor, New York
United States
1 Team Member

The Shedfarm Project:

The Shedfarm Project is a collective effort to provide communities with fresh, organic food grown locally, inexpensively, efficiently, and sustainably. It consists of various self-watering DIY systems that require neither synthetic pesticides, herbicides, nor fertilizers and operate without electricity. The facility that contains these systems is designed to grow a large number of plants in a compact space using only natural sunlight, tap water, and organically composted soil.

Note: I answer frequently-asked questions regarding the potential and practicality of the Shedfarm in the 'Updates' section.

Fundraising Goal:

My goal is to raise $10,000. This will allow me to test, build and begin operating the first Shedfarm and acquire 501c3 fiscal sponsorship. If the goal is not met I will design and construct a smaller, less expensive facility as long as I reach at least $5,000; if I raise less than that, I will set it aside and contribute to the $5,000 minimum myself. Obviously this option may significantly delay the launch of the project and slow the initial expansion, however not meeting the $10,000 goal will not kill the project.

My Shedfarm will be run as a for-profit establishment to generate revenue, a portion of which will be contributed to the 501c3 corporation as tax-deductible donations. These donations will be used to fund the development and construction of future Shedfarms. All Shedfarm owners are encouraged to operate their facilities as for-profit cooperatives and are asked to contribute a portion of their revenues to the same 501c3 corporation to increase the available funding and, as a result, the number of additional Shedfarms I am able to finance. Those who contribute $1,000 will be given priority according to the amount contributed and the order in which each individual contributed. In addition to this, I will travel anywhere within mainland U.S. ($5,000 perk) or anywhere in the world ($10,000 perk) and personally help construct the contributor's Shedfarm.


My long-term focus is to establish enough for-profit Shedfarms within developed nations to consistently provide the 501c3 with very significant donations so I can begin establishing not-for-profit Shedfarms in China, India, sub-Saharan Africa, South America -- the regions that need these systems the most. If donations are consistent and significant enough, I hope to be able to expand my efforts by producing water and electricity production systems for impoverished communities all over the world.

How to Help:

This project is about solving human problems because we have the ability to solve them. This is a collective effort and its success will depend entirely on everyone's combined efforts, not just those of a few. Though the most immediate need is raising sufficient funding to begin building these systems, there are many ways those of you who cannot contribute financially can still help tremendously. If you would like to learn how you could help out or if you have questions, feel free to email me at theshedfarmproject@gmail.com or visit the project's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/theshedfarmproject.

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This campaign ended on June 15, 2013
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  • $1USD
    Thank You

    Every little bit helps! I greatly appreciate your support and your contribution means a lot to me!

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  • $25USD
    Public Recognition

    Your contribution is a huge help to me! In addition to the above perk, I would like to reward your support by thanking you publicly on the project's Facebook page and by permanently placing you on the "Early Supporters" list on the project's future website.

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  • $50USD
    Private Group AMA

    Ask Me Anythings are great, but it can be difficult to get your questions answered when there are a lot of people asking questions as well. To show my appreciation for your support, I want to offer you all of the above perks and I would like to invite you to a private AMA that will last as long as is needed to make sure all your questions are answered!

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  • $200USD
    First Shedfarm Class

    As this project expands, it will become less practical for me to be the only one capable of designing a Shedfarm. As some of the most dedicated supporters of this project, I want to thank you by offering you all of the above perks as well as an invitation to the first class on how to design a Shedfarm. By learning how to do this as well, you could help me expand this project that much faster!

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  • $500USD
    Design Your Shedfarm

    If you're willing to contribute this much, it must be because you want these systems to be as widespread as possible! To thank you for your amazing support, I would like to offer you all of the above perks while also offering to personally design a Shedfarm for any individual, community, or organization of your choice!

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  • $1,000USD
    Priority Funding

    In the description, I discuss the primary responsibility of this project and how I plan to accomplish it. In addition to the above perks, I would like to reward your generosity by giving you priority on a future list of Shedfarms to help finance in return for your promise to regularly contribute a percentage of any profits your Shedfarm generates so I can help finance more Shedfarms!

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    Build Your Shedfarm (U.S.)

    I cannot begin to explain what your contribution and support means to me! In appreciation of your incredible generosity and in addition to the above perks, I would like to come personally to wherever you are within the mainland U.S. and help build your Shedfarm!

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    Build Your Shedfarm (World)

    I cannot thank you enough! In appreciation of your unbelievable support and in addition to the above perks (except for the $5,000 perk), I would like to come personally to wherever you are anywhere in the world and help build your Shedfarm!

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