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Trumpkin 2016

Pumpkins shaped like Donald Trump. We'll farm a bountiful Trumpkin harvest and also provide molds so you can grow your own.

Trumpkin 2016

Pumpkins shaped like Donald Trump. We'll farm a bountiful Trumpkin harvest and also provide molds so you can grow your own.

$1,880
pledged of $39,850pledged of $39,850 goal
37
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, June 19 2016 3:14 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 19, 2016

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TRUMPKIN: A TRUMP PUMPKIN

America in the year 2016, a time and place in which a bombastic real estate mogul and reality television star can bloviate his way to the leadership of one of two major political parties, one step away from the highest office in the land.  This halloween, with your help, it will also be a time and place in which you can get a pumpkin shaped like him to do what you like with.   Due to the timeframe involved in making molds and growing Trumpkins this Kickstarter has to raise a lot of money in a short time.   So if you'd like a Trumpkin, don't hesitate.

Computer rendering of what the Trumpkin will look like
Computer rendering of what the Trumpkin will look like

This spring we became fascinated with the Asian tradition of shaping fruits and gourds to give as gifts.   At the same time the primary elections were getting underway and an angry orange face was descending like an avalanche, blanketing all media.  

We can't claim to be the first to come up with the concept.  When we had the idea and stuck it in a search engine, we found that several people across America created their own Trumpkins last year.  They carved or painted Trumpkins of various shapes, sizes and designs.  America was calling out for the Trumpkin, we heard the call and embarked on the Trumpkin 2016 campaign.  We want to take the Trumpkin to the next level and provide a unique gourd such has never been grown before.

Our first impulse was DIY and we investigated various ways of making our own molds.  But we knew we would only have one shot to get this right and there was no time to experiment.  We discovered that a company in China called the "Fruit Mould Company" was already creating molds that shaped produce into organic sculptures. Last year they helped a farmer in California grow a wildly popular Frankenpumpkin

A growing Frankenpumpkin
A growing Frankenpumpkin

 

A ripe Frankenpumpkin
A ripe Frankenpumpkin

The technique is proven and the results are impressive. We contacted the Fruit Mould Company and started working on our design for the Trumpkin mold.  

THE MOLD

 We wanted something that would not just resemble Trump but also capture the ludicrous rage of his persona in pumpkin form.  Our Trumpkins' lips are curled into a familiar screaming sneer (a 'screar' if you will?).   This is a Halloween pumpkin after all, and our Trumpkin is as frightening visually as his presidency would be politically. 

Trumpkin Mold Front
Trumpkin Mold Front

 

Trumpkin Mold Back
Trumpkin Mold Back

The molds are made of tough polycarbonate plastic and can be re-used to make more Trumpkins.  They are also 100% recyclable and we promise that all Trumpkin molds used to create the trumpkins we grow will be disposed of in an environmentally conscious way. 

FARMING

Our core team is comprised of city dwellers.  So lacking a farm, or farming experience, we could not grow Trumpkins on significant scale on our own.  We set out on a search for a farmer with the will and the ability to make a Trumpkin crop a reality. We ultimately found a family farm in Canada who already distributes Pumpkins to stores in the United States.    They have generations of experience growing pumpkins and with the techniques developed by the Fruit Mold Company, they are ideally qualified to grow a bumper crop of Trumpkins. However we are not going to share the location or the identity of our farmers in order to ensure their safety and the safety of our crop.

FUNDING and PRODUCTION

Your contribution will fund the tooling of a steel mold from which Trumpkin molds can be made, the production of the Trumpkin molds, the farming of Trumpkins and the necessary logistics. 

We intend to do this bigly, really bigly.   Our goal is to produce and distribute as many Trumpkins and Trumpkin molds as possible. It's going to take a substantial amount of money to get this started, our kickstarter goal represents what we have budgeted as the minimum to make the project feasible.  All funds raised from this Kickstarter beyond what is necessary to supply our rewards, will be directed towards ordering more molds and pumpkins for general sale.  So the more money we raise on Kickstarter the more Trumpkins we will be able put on porches (or wherever else you want to put your Trumpkin, it's yours do what you want with it.)  

TIMELINE

Obviously the calendar dictates a strict timeline for this project.  As such we only have the minimum amount of time  allowed by Kickstarter in which to raise the money necessary.  

  • May 23rd h 2016, Launch Kickstarter. 
  • June 19th 2016, At the conclusion of our successful Kickstarter campaign we will place as large an order as possible with both the Fruit Mold Company and our farmer.   Pumpkins will be planted and mold production will begin.  Pumpkins take between 90-115 Days to grow.  If you have ordered a Trumpkin mold, you should start your pumpkin vine around June 20th.   
  • Early August 2016, Trumpkin molds will be arrive and fitted to newly forming pumpkins.  Molds will be shipped out to all those who ordered them over kickstarter.
  • Early October 2016, Trumpkins will be harvested and shipped out to everyone who pre-ordered, a few weeks before Halloween.  

DOCUMENTARY and POLITICS

When not trying to create unique trump shaped pumpkins we are video editors and filmmakers.  So of course we have been documenting the Trumpkin 2016 campaign along the way and intend to produce an entertaining short documentary film about the project.   The climax of the film will be a montage of Trumpkin "disposal".  If you have watched our campaign video and read this far you probably have a pretty clear idea of how we feel about Trump and what the political goals of this campaign are.  However if you disagree with us and want to a Trumpkin for a different message, hey this is America, you do you. 

Check out the the story of Stingy Jack to learn more about the proto-Trump of Irish Legend.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stingy_Jack

Risks and challenges

Although we are applying the best possible practices in mold making and pumpkin growing, there is always the possibility that something could go wrong with the farming of our Trumpkins. We plan to grow many more Trumpkins than we have committed to our kickstarter backers to ensure against a lower rate of success than we plan for. However in the unlikely event that we produce fewer Trumpkins than we have orders for, orders will be filled on a first come first serve basis. The first people to order Trumpkins will get preference. We will refund as much money as possible to anyone who orders a Trumpkin and does not receive one.

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    Pledge $8 or more About $8

    It takes about 100 days to grow from seed to Trumpkin and for just 8 cents a day over you can "adopt" one. You won't actually receive a Trumpkin, but you will receive a Trumpki adoption kit,with a picture of your Trumpkin and some fun information about the Trumpkin you have adopted.

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    The Trumpkin adoption kit, plus 3 Trumpkin Bumper Stickers OR a Make America Gourd Again baseball cap.

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    We will send you a Trumpkin mold when they are ready in early August. If you plant a pumpkin in mid to late June it should be on schedule to have young pumpkins on the vine ready to grow a Trumpkin when the mold arrives. Molds are made of a tough fully recyclable polycarbonate plastic and can be re-used.

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    Pre-Order your very own Trumpkin! The first 250 people to order Trumpkins will receive them at the early funder level of sixty five dollars. Trumpkins will be shipped around the United States in Flat rate boxes for $27.80. We are not including the shipping of individual Trumpkins in the kickstarter, it will have to be paid for at the time of harvest. If there is enough demand we will attempt to set up pick up locations in some cities which may allow you to save on shipping. Trumpkins shipped outside of the United States or Canada are subject to the customs regulations on agricultural imports of that country.

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    The next 750 people to back the Trumpkin 2016 campaign will Receive a Trumpkin with a 75 dollar contribution.

    Trumpkins will be shipped around the United States in Flat rate boxes for $27.80. We are not including the shipping of individual Trumpkins in the kickstarter, it will have to be paid for at the time of harvest. If there is enough demand we will attempt to set up pick up locations in some cities which may allow you to save on shipping. Trumpkins shipped outside of the United States or Canada are subject to the customs regulations on agricultural imports of that country.

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    After 1000 Trumpkins are spoken for, additional Trumpkins will be shipped for a contribution of $85.

    Trumpkins will be shipped around the United States in Flat rate boxes for $27.80. We are not including the shipping of individual Trumpkins in the kickstarter, it will have to be paid for at the time of harvest. If there is enough demand we will attempt to set up pick up locations in some cities which may allow you to save on shipping. Trumpkins shipped outside of the United States or Canada are subject to the customs regulations on agricultural imports of that country.

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    24 Trumpkin Molds

    Want to grow a Trumpkin Patch? You need a bulk order of Trumpkin pumpkin forming molds.

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    12 TRUMPKINS!

    You will get a dozen Trumpkins, shipped directly to you anywhere in the US or Canada (except Hawaii or Alaska). Perfect for a small retail display to draw in the crowds or a really smashing halloween party.

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    65 TRUMPKINS

    Want to really get into the Trumpkin business this fall? Or maybe you want enough Trumpkins to decorate the floor of a large casino? A contribution of $5000 will net you 65 Trumpkins shipped to a location of your choosing in the lower 48 states or Canada

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