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About this project

Who We Are and What We Do:

Weirder Austin is a community of artists and permaculturalists committed to regenerative and sustainable gardening practices - who want to expand accessibility to locally grown chem-free, non-GMO food while spreading "how-to" knowledge to all. Weirder Austin is a small scale urban farm that relies on a number of sustainable systems such as aquaponics, permaculture, rainwater harvesting and more to facilitate a healthy garden and food forest, livestock, egg production and culinary mushroom cultivation. 

Located in a USDA food desert – an area of town where grocery stores and access to healthy food and organic produce are all but nonexistent, Weirder Austin has already made strides to provide education in establishing regenerative and environmentally beneficial food forests and gardens in parks and neighborhoods just outside the heart of the city.

Spend some time at this productive city farm and its easy to forget that you are in the middle of one of America’s most bustling cities – Austin, TX OR that the beautiful expansive urban farm on which we stand was once a neglected urban parcel. Since then, years of bio-remediation, a steadfast commitment to our goals and a supportive neighborhood community has transformed and restored the farm into what it is today.

Pizza master Brightsky
Pizza master Brightsky
Hungry yet?
Hungry yet?

Why YOUR Participation is SO Important:

With your help, our project promises to boost production and the scope of goods and services that we can provide. We will be able to build on making available free roaming guinea fowl and chicken eggs, a vast variety of fruits and vegetables, culinary & medicinal mushrooms, and education opportunities on sustainable gardening and building techniques. To date, Weirder Austin has hosted workshops on earth oven construction, composting, aquaponics, permaculture design and papercrete construction, just to name a few. 

Increasing Access to Healthy Food:

One of our project goals includes converting a 1950s boat into BOATPONICS a mobile aquaponics system, allowing folks to pick the freshest herbs and vegetables available - while also having access to the fish that help to feed the very system in which their food grows! This will allow community members with normally limited access an option to consume naturally grown local produce and protein for their family and friends.

Meet your Meat & Meet Your Milk:

These programs are a co-op style membership where you'll learn hands on animal husbandry as well as clean and compassionate processing techniques for urban households. We love all our animals and strive to make sure they have only one bad day. With Kickstarters help we'll be adding rabbits into the mix this fall and we plan on growing most of their feed (sprouted grasses, sweet potato vine etc.) to produce the best natural meats around. The goal of these programs is that you gain the knowledge and confidence to start raising animals in your backyard.

Up-cycled Material for Buildings, Furniture and Art:

At Weirder Austin we advocate for using post consumer materials for home building, home furnishing and functional art! Our skilled artists provide both handcrafted functional pieces for the home (like tables, stools, lamps etc.) as well as education opportunities on utilizing recycled materials to create usable art.

Tables and chairs
Tables and chairs
Guinea Fowl Ear Rings
Guinea Fowl Ear Rings
Glass micro-wicking grow system.
Glass micro-wicking grow system.

Famous Last Words:

So here's the last part of the spiel where we emphasize that we are just a group of hard working artists who have a passion for environmentally responsible lifestyle options - and we don't believe these options should be reserved to a limited few.

We are committed to providing accessibility to the freshest food available and empowering education opportunities to ALL who are open to it, and that means thinking globally by acting locally. This work will go on regardless of whether our funding goals are met, because, gosh darn it, this is what we do! However, our impact could be so much greater with your help in achieving further reaching effects in our community; in implementing higher production, working towards an empowered healthier people and planet, more gardens in neighborhood yards, more positive relationships between neighbors, and more access to clean and nutritious locally grown food and knowledge!

How could you NOT feel good about supporting that!

Thank you for your time, attention, and consideration - and THANK YOU for your support and participation in Weirder Austin!

note: ape99.org is our permaculture education outreach organization. 

Risks and challenges

Weirder Austin is always finding ways to improve our design and implementation. Over the years we have run up against a variety of problems (or learning opportunity as we call 'em) that have tested our problem-solving skill. Each problem to solve has given us the opportunity to test our concept and our ability to overcome setbacks.

In our hyper local urban farm the potential for issues are from the aquaponics systems due to their complexity - they require electricity, pumps, plumbing, and greenhouse, as well as a delicate balance of nutrients for the plants, fish, and bacteria in the system. In the early stages of the project we will need to monitor and adjust the system to function at its peak capabilities.

Other significant risks include weather events (freeze, torrential storm, heat wave and droughts) as well as the risk that we will not achieve our funding goals and will be unable to complete our development objectives in line with our projected timeline.

The most important way to mitigate these risks is through education (all WA members are trained Permaculturists) and implementation of well designed solutions and we feel that this is our greatest strength - we've taken the time in educating ourselves and we've spent untold hours designing and then translating those designs into reality.

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    Personal thank you card from all of us at Weirder Austin. Farm tour starting in spring 2014. This reward is included at all levels.

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    'Nom de plume' - is french for 'name a Guinea'. We name all our animals as each one is unique. All of our birds are hatched on-site from our own stock (no bought babies here!) in a totally hands-off fashion. We figure the birds might just know what they're doing. You'll get a short video of your bird to be named emailed to you so you can ponder his or her name. Nice and clean names only please as we do have to yell at a few from time to time.

    Little known Guinea fowl facts:

    They pair up with the male providing protection and hunting for their lady love.

    Guinea Fowl are the state bird of Austin.

    It only takes them 15 minutes in the morning to put on their makeup.

    They're around parrot level smart.

    They have a life span of up to 15 years.

    Used by the ancient Greeks as alarm systems.

    Can be 'pet-ified' and worn on ones shoulder like a pirate...arrrg. Names that are in use or retired: Falcon X, Baby, Bunny, Honey Bunny, Baby Bunny, Gladys, Agnes, Nibbler, Randy, Sammy Davis Jr. Jr., Mrs. Mr. Natural, Mrs., Dovey, Lovey Dovey, Rasputin, Edward and Lucky Luke Luckenbach.

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    One bag of seedballs so you can grow your own guerilla garden. Each clay seed ball is packed with many different seeds (herbs, flowers, vegetables etc) that once tossed on the ground will wait, protected by the clay, until rains allow for germination. One 16 oz package.

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    One Community Supported Weirdness (CSW) Basket, containing season selection of Weirder Austin vegetables, fruits, greens and herbs PLUS a surprise in every box.

    For Austin residents only OR can be gifted to someone local.
    Approved usage include: SXSW and ACL couch surf wax.

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    Fire Cider -
    You'll love this natural organic apple cider vinegar, local honey and a blend of organic spicy peppers and herbs.
    It's our non-acoholoic cider with a kick that helps you thru the winter. One swig will thaw you from the inside out. In the summer a swig will warm you up inside so that you hardly notice the 100+ temps. One 12 oz bottle.

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    Beautiful handmade guinea fowl feather ear rings by our resident jewelry genius Lydia.

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    Trio of tasty...herbs. One each of Sweet Marjoram, lemon grass and mint grown from Texas-tough proven herb stock via our aquaponics propagation systems. Local pickup only.

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    Trio of toughness. Need something that can take the harsh Texas conditions with bare minimal care and THRIVE? Then grab one of these rewards and you'll get that and more. One each of Wormwood, Rosemary and Rue grown from Texas-tough proven stock via our aquaponics propagation systems. All tough as nails with multiply traditional uses. Local pickup only.

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    Wearable weirdness with a Weirder Austin T-shirt. Our wonderful mustachioed Guinea fowl logo on your choice of white shirt/black ink or black shirt/white ink and shirt size.

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    One Community Supported Weirdness (CSW) Basket, containing season selection of Weirder Austin vegetables, fruits, greens and herbs.
    PLUS a surprise in every box PLUS
    One dozen guinea fowl eggs. You haven't had eggs until you've had free range guinea eggs. Smaller than your crazy big store bought chicken eggs but oh so much more flavor.

    For Austin residents only OR can be gifted to someone local.
    Approved usage include: SXSW and ACL couch surf wax - over easy.

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    Glass micro-wicking grow system. We're up-cycling waste bottles into beautiful and functional micro-wicking planters. Once set up all you'll need to do is top the water off every so often. Makes it easy to grow herbs, flowers and more. You'll receive one micro-wicking system, grow medium and seeds...all you add is water.

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    Four pounds of oyster mushrooms. Big, meaty and oh so tasty. Our natural mushroom production takes place outdoors and we feel our mushrooms are far superior to their pampered air-conditioned wimpy cousins. Seasonal harvest treat. Local pickup only.

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    A trio of trees.
    One each of Fig, Pomegranate and mulberry trees grown from Texas-tough proven tree stock via our aquaponics propagation systems. Local pickup only.

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    Weirder Austin guinea fowl logo hand printed on beautiful paper we make from our pond algae. After all, our guineas roost in trees, so why would we cut them down to make boring paper?

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    Name a kid. Starting with our two goats, Jack and Meg Mostly-White, we'll be (well, Meg will be) having a few babies for herd expansion and milk production. And those oh so cute baby dwarf nigerian goats will need names. That's where you come in, should you pick this reward. You'll receive video of the baby to help you choose an appropriate name for the little kid.

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    Rustic Tuffet tables - beautiful tough little tables made from upcycled and locally harvested materials. Choose which one you want, first pledge, first pick. Due to the size and weight Austin and San Antonio pickup only.

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    Meet your milk - 1 year membership. This is our co-op style goat share program where you become part owner of the goats. You can come out and learn care, feeding and milking of the goats so you not only take home great goat milk but the satisfaction of ownership without the daily care and milking responsibilities. Includes 1 quart per month with the option of purchasing addition quarts as available.

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    Meet your meat - 1 year membership. This is our co-op style rabbit share program where you become part owner of the rabbits. You can come out and learn care, feeding and harvesting of the rabbits. You not only take home the best meat around but the satisfaction of ownership but without the daily care and responsibilities. Includes 1 rabbit per month with the option of purchasing addition rabbits as available.

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    Backyard weirdness permaculture site plan. We'll create a detailed custom plan of how to make your backyard not only weirder but abundant in both food and beauty. Plan will be emailed in PDF format.

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    Wood fired Pizza party. We'll fire up the earth oven and make the best 'zas ever. You and your guests will add farm fresh toppings of their choosing on top of our home made sour dough pies. All it takes is a few minutes for each pie in the earth oven to reach perfection. A yummy good time for you and up to 20 of your closest friends. Sucks to be that 21st best friend...

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    Name the boatponics boat. She's a sweet '50 wooden seacruiser...my - she was yar. We'll paint your chosen name (within the lines of good decorum please) on her for all to see.

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    We'll throw you a party...a dinner party at Weirder Austin for 8 guests. Just bring your friends and byob for a great four course dinner party (vegan, veg or omni options) in our garden without having to worry about the cleanup. All local ingredients made by those who love fine foods so much so we grow it.

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    Wood fired earth oven. We'll come out (Austin/San Antonio area) and build you a wood fired oven in your backyard (or why not the front yard?). You can make the best wood fired pizza, breads, slow roasts and most everything in-between. Great year round use and won't heat the house up. But your social life will because wood fired pizza parties are NOT to be missed.

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    Aquaponics system install. How about growing your own fish, veg and herbs? We've found that aquaponics is a great way to grow in our harsh climate. The systems requires minimal upkeep while being super productive and using a fraction of the water a traditional garden would require. Includes everything - materials - fish - seeds/starters - install - training and phone support. 4'x8' grow bed with ability to add additional beds on system. Austin/San Antonio/Central Texas.

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    Want to grow your own fruit, veg and herbs in a natural backyard setting? How weird...us too.
    We'll not only develop a custom backyard permaculture food forest makeover site plan but make it a reality too.
    Includes site plan, plants, trees, seeds etc.
    Doesn't include bulk materials (rocks, top soil etc) if needed. Austin/San Antonio area only.

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Funding period

- (30 days)