A few months ago Marie asked me to help contribute to the Kickstarter project for The Garden Summer. I watched the video Marie's friend (and project leader) Hailey Wist made, and I was pumped! I'd heard of Kickstarter before, but never really known anyone who'd used it and who'd been successful. Marie and four other people are doing a little experiment called The Garden Summer. They're working on a farm, growing all of their own food, and figuring out first-hand just exactly how they can make their lives and actions more sustainable. And they are making a documentary about it. I think it's just great.
On Kickstarter, Marie and her friends were trying to raise $5,000 for farm implements, energy, water, travel, gas, cameras, equipment rental, and seeds. I pledged, and lo and behold, with a little bit of help from a lot of people, the project was funded!
This was the initial video (the "pitch") that they made back in March 2010:
These are the goals:
- Grow an abundant garden.
- Produce zero-waste (or pretty damn close).
- Eat food grown within a 100-mile radius.
- Sell at the Farmers Market and donate to local food banks.
- Make some farmer friends and have some fun along the way.