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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the project's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/theshedfarmproject.