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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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