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The Food Forest card game is a fun way to learn, teach and design with perennial plants and Permaculture design principles.
The Food Forest card game is a fun way to learn, teach and design with perennial plants and Permaculture design principles.
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The Food Forest playing cards began as an educational experiment with lower elementary children. Two years ago we began planning a food forest for my son's school based on the principles of “Permaculture”. During my classroom presentations, I needed an easy way to teach the connections between plants, insects and animals. My son goes to a Montessori school, and I was struck by the fact that Montessori teaching tools often resemble toys. One day something clicked and I found myself sketching up a rough draft of this versatile deck of cards. The rest, as they say, is history.

It turns out that kids love the cards. I regret to say that they would much rather play games than listen to me talk! The amazing thing is how my 8-year-old son consistently beats me at the games I’ve developed with this deck. It seems that young brains are especially receptive to game-based learning. I encountered very few children, ages six and older, who could not quickly master the beginner games.

Much like a standard deck of playing cards, this deck can be used to play an infinite number of card games. There are also advanced games for adults who are interested in designing their own forest gardens – or who simply enjoy a little rainy-day fun. We have even started designing poker-style games for late nights with the home brew! Perhaps you can help? If you develop your own games with this deck, please send them to me so I can share them with community at large.

We have already printed test decks of the cards. We are now raising money to print the cards in larger quantities and to make this educational tool available more widely. The $10,000 we raise will cover our expenses thus far and will pay for printing and delivery of all of the cards. We also hope to have some decks left over so that we can continue to provide them to individuals, educators and schools.

These cards have been under development for the past 18 months. Only a few cards remain to be designed. That’s less than 1 month of work, so it seems like a good time for this Kickstarter project.

We really appreciate your support for making this educational tool more widely available. Thank you in advance! I look forward to sending you a deck of cards!

Risks and challenges

There are very few risks associated with this project. We have nearly completed the design work and have already found, and tested, an affordable print supplier. We have a backup print supplier, in the unlikely case that the first one goes out of business or drastically changes its pricing structure. This second printer is actually more affordable but requires a 3-month lead time. Worst case scenario, we need to go with them – which might mean an extra month for delivery. We do not expect that to be the case. We have built in a conservative delivery schedule. We honestly believe that this is a reasonable amount of time to get these cards printed and delivered.

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    Cheap Date! you and your beloved may each pick one strawberry, cherry or beach plum from the creator's front yard - seasonal availability, certain restrictions apply!

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    Print Your Own Deck! PDF digital download of the Food Forest playing cards that you can print on heavy-weight paper and cut to size!

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    Teacher Special! One deck of Food Forest playing cards mailed to a school address! Please, this pledge is for teachers only! (Ships for FREE inside the US, international shipping is $10.)

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    The Real Deal! One deck of Food Forest game cards, hand packed and shipped by the creator! (Ships for FREE inside the US, international shipping is $10.)

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    Educator 10-Deck Special! 10 decks of Food Forest playing cards shipped to a school address! (Ships for FREE inside the US, international shipping is $45 - $60.)

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    Full-Color Print, Signed and Numbered! You choose the artwork from the existing deck. Only 25 numbered prints will be made per card. Cards and numbers available on a first come first served basis.* Preview scans available for review to backers at this level. Includes 2 decks of cards! All artwork shipped flat & unframed. (Ships for FREE anywhere in the world!)
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    Immortality! Your name will be hidden on a card! You choose the card, we choose the location (first come first served). Your name will appear on every deck printed during this campaign! You also get one full-color numbered print of the original card artwork and 10 decks of cards! (Ships for FREE anywhere in the world!)

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    Original Artwork! You choose one drawing from the existing deck. Artwork available on a first come first served basis with preview scans available for review to backers at this level. Includes original b&w pencil drawing + the signed/numbered full size color print (#1) + five decks of cards! All artwork shipped flat & unframed. (Ships for FREE anywhere in the world!)

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    YOUR OWN CUSTOM CARD! Be part of history with your own custom card! You tell me what plant to draw and I'll draw it. If I feel that the card makes sense with the deck, I'll even include it with every deck printed! If not, 25 custom decks will be printed just for you! I will also embed your name on the card, in an unobtrusive spot. I will then sign the original pencil drawing and send it to you. This offer Includes 25 decks of cards to share with your friends and family! and free shipping anywhere in the world!

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