Funded! This project was successfully funded on January 25, 2013.

Update #12

1 Year of Progress...

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Dear Kickstarter Backers,

It was one year ago, Thanksgiving Day, that Ten Acre Organics launched our Kickstarter campaign, and what a year it has been!

November-January: Fundraising, achieving our goal and raising nearly $16,000

February-June:  Constructing the urban farm, including: 600 square foot greenhouse, 3200 gallon aquaponic system, 700 square foot chicken coop and 1500 square foot run, a 100 square foot composting facility, two beehives, and over 1200 square feet of vegetable garden beds.  

March-April:  Hosting our 8-week Urban Farming workshop series, with over 60 participants and 6 guest speakers  

June:  Grand Opening Potluck, over 200 people attended

July - November:  Growing and harvesting more than 600 pounds of vegetables and more than 1,000 eggs, donating more than 150 pounds of food to the Capital Area Food Bank, and delivering more than half of our Kickstarter rewards.  Also, during this time, TAO won more than $10,000 of grant money from the City of Austin and the Texas Department of Agriculture, to fund our expansion in 2014.    

Summary:  It has been an exciting, challenging, and incredibly educational process.  Many mistakes have been made; many lessons have been learned, and a lot of sweat, as well as some blood and tears, have gone into the project, which has all been accomplished while Michael, Lloyd, and TAO's small team have been working other full-time jobs.  

Now, we are trying to complete our Kickstarter rewards by the end of 2014 so that we can focus on moving on to our next goal:  finding the land and the investment that we will need to build our full 10-acre farm model and become full-time farmers!  

We send our deepest apologies to the many of you who have not yet received your rewards, and to those whose rewards are several months behind our original projections.  The magnitude of the project has exceeded many of our predictions, but we thank all of you for your patience and continued support.  

If you have not yet received your Kickstarter reward, please email Mike Jeffcoat at mjeffcoat@tenacreorganics.com with your email address and/or phone number, physical address, and reward options (if applicable).  We have transitioned away from Kickstarter as a medium for communication, in favor of our company's own email account and contact management system. 

Thank you everyone for your support, and please enjoy these photos of the TAO Micro-farm!

-  The Ten Acre Organics Team

TAO Chickens
TAO Chickens
Planting the back yard
Planting the back yard
Back yard plot and greenhouses
Back yard plot and greenhouses
Tour of the backyard greenhouses
Tour of the backyard greenhouses
The front yard
The front yard
Yard of the Month
Yard of the Month
Small aquaponic system
Small aquaponic system
1000 gallon fish tank
1000 gallon fish tank
Harvesting basil from the aquaponic system
Harvesting basil from the aquaponic system
So much pesto
So much pesto
TAO CSA basket
TAO CSA basket
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      Creator Sharon and Dan Hanan on December 4

      What a beautiful success!! It has undoubtedly been a huge amount work, but it has really paid off hasn't it? Keep it up and keep growing!!

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