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999 backers pledged $39,786 to help bring this project to life.

T shirt update

Posted by hopeforpahokee (Creator)

Hi Everyone,

We just wanted to check in and let everyone know what is going on.   The short answer is that we are aiming to have everything packed and shipped by the end of this weekend.   We want to thank you for your patience.  

For a more expanded explanation, there are many factors affecting the shipping of rewards.   When we designed the rewards, we wanted to offer lots of options, including women's sizes and a variety of prints.   So, one unexpected delay (that we didn't even think of) was that we had to wait for all surveys to be turned back, so that we could order in bulk.   We think that we can all agree that the rewards are the bonus, and our real focus is the Garden.  Therefore, we were faced with putting in smaller orders and paying more, or waiting and putting in one big order.   We decided to wait and put in one big order, and suprisingly, this is the difference of thousands of dollars.

Another thing we wanted to take in to account was your feedback.  We received quite a few requests to avoid using certain brands of shirts due to the makers factory conditions.  We wanted to use as much American-Made and Fairly Traded merchandise as possible.  Also, we wanted to still have a high quality t-shirt that fit well.  We listened to the voiced concern over fit and ethics of human rights violations for certain manufacturers, and we actually found a private label willing to work with our small specific order.   The men's shirts we chose are an athletic fit (long enough as an XL and no "girly sleeves" (as was requested by quite a few people)) and the cotton is American, processed with fair labor laws in Mexico and then distributed through California.   

Overall, this is our first Kickstarter and first project of this size.  We are so appreciative of your patience.  We really wanted to get the shirts out faster, and we have learned so much about Kickstarter and merchandising.  We are confident that you will be happy with your shirts, which we thought was worth a little extra time to address everyones concerns, and the little wait to save some money for the garden by ordering in bulk.  (If any of our backers have other questions email us, or if you want to know more about rewards and Kickstarter, we are happy to share all the small and large lessons we learned so far).

We are sorting and packing the rewards as fast as we can (which also is surprisingly a lot more time consuming then we estimated).

Once again we apologize and are so grateful for having such supportive backers and members of our community.   Thanks again.   


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      Chad & Lisa Brines on

      I would echo the comments from the other backers. We donated to help and support a wonderful cause. The t-shirts are the least concern. Focus your time and energy on the garden!
      Go Blue!

    2. Richard Chepeus on

      I too was not really interested in the t-shirt which is why I chose the level that offered my t-shirt to one of the kids in the program or one of the volunteers. Keep doing what you're doing and make it happen. I was more interested in seeing the season one material documenting your vision.

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      Michael Basford on

      I don't even care about the shirt. The cause and the people behind it are why I pledged. GO BLUE!

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      Alan MacLeod on

      I agree with the sentiment on the board. Do not worry about the shirts - they are like the icing on the cake. I'd much rather your guys worry about you goals than making sure I get a t-shirt. That can come later once you get your mission accomplished.
      Thanks for the update though - I appreciate them.
      Go Blue!

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      Kristen Williams on

      Sounds to me like you are doing everything exactly right. :) Thanks for all your hard work!

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      Bryan Fuller on

      Couldn't agree more with Vince. The important thing here is the Garden, so take as long as you need with the t-shirts!!

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      Vincent Wilk on

      Thanks for the update. If I, as a backer, have a vote, I vote for you focusing on your mission and worrying less about the T shirts. Just one person's opinion. Best of luck as you move forward!