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Lets Teach Sustainable Urban Farming / Homesteading Together

Let's teach inner city youth self-reliance by means of an off grid homestead training facility complete with a food forest "growcery"

Lets Teach Sustainable Urban Farming / Homesteading Together

Let's teach inner city youth self-reliance by means of an off grid homestead training facility complete with a food forest "growcery"

$487
pledged of 15.000 $pledged of 15.000 $ goal
13
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, November 19 2014 3:18 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 19, 2014

About

The goal of Back To Basics is to educate and empower those who do not want to be completely dependent on Being dependent and those that want to be prepare for a worst case scenario. We hope to spread the joys associated with knowing how to do things yourself, saving money, and living a simpler, less complicated life. As you have always heard, is truly is the small things that matter in life.  It's time to get back to basics!

We operate a demonstration homestead where we teach re-skilling, permaculture, and preparedness to the local Chicagoland community.

Our main educational focus is on the youth, particularly low-income youth.  We want to help break the cycle of poverty by showing them how to become entrepreneurs by running their own farm stands and selling the products that were grew and made themselves!  We are currently working on an online store that the students will be able to sell their items on. 

We are able to provide after school and weekend programs for them through generous donations and subsidies.

Back To Basics is also concerned about the future of our planet. Our current consumption based society is doomed. When we as a society buy,buy,buy we also throw away a lot too. There is no such thing as "away." When we throw anything away, it must go somewhere!

We promote Permaculture principles which look to mimic the perfect system(s) of nature. For example, there simply is no waste in nature. Leaves fall from trees, insects and microbes help decompose them. And that composted material helps fertilize and feed root systems. It's a closed loop system. It is systems like these that can easily be duplicated to benefit people without damaging nature as a result. Good planets are hard to find!

"Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple."

We already have a good head start of where we want to be! We have procured land and are making good progress on our modern homestead demonstration site.. We grow food, raise animals, and give educational classes to the public.  We love to get people excited about this kind of lifestyle and we love the challenge of targeting the demographic that is least likely to be interested in this sort of thing!  If we can convince someone to at least start a garden in their own backyard, it is a major success!  This is not just about us and our demonstration homestead site. This is about creating a revolution together by changing the way America defines success and happiness (not a cubicle and perpetual debt!).   We want you to be part of this movement with us!

We are asking for your help and support in obtaining the Pièce de résistance of the training facility, a small building that we will convert into a tiny house that is totally off grid with alternative sustainable energy systems.  This awesome building will help demonstrate that to the local community that you can live abundantly with the resources that mother nature already provides for free in good times and in bad. 

"Live More, With Less."

This energy-independent cabin measures at 12 feet in width, 40 feet in length and 15 feet in height and will be finished with all the luxuries of a home 10x its size.

Tiny Living Encompasses:

  • The Life lesson: Less = More
  • Life Simplification
  • Environmental Consciousness
  • Self Sufficiency 
  • Financial Freedom
  • Social Consciousness

Most people today (especially our young) are caught up in an electronic world rather than a life closer to the land and that which nature provides outside our doors.

Today's "Google Generation" are almost completely dependent on technology and modern conveniences.  They have lost all the crucial and rewarding skill sets of our forefathers. While technology is a wonderful thing that has brought us all together and serves to pass along some of this valuable information, it is a system that is extremely fragile and one little glitch can cause the whole thing to topple.  Technology is both a blessing and curse all in one. 

There is a tremendous sense of pride that goes along with knowing and doing things yourself without dependence on anyone else.  It is this empowerment that we hope to instill in local youth. 

More seriously though, the major reason as to why this is important is because one day we will all need to know how to live this way.  Unemployment rates are at an all time high and the economy is getting worse every day.  What if the Great Depression happened again today?  We as a society would be terribly unprepared!  We have lost all the skill-sets that our pioneer relatives once possessed. We have become too dependent on modern conveniences and technology for our own good.

  • Would you know how to grow food to feed your family if the grocery stores had bare shelves?
  • Would you know how to cook without electricity or gas?
  • Would you know how to procure safe drinking water if the faucets stopped working?
  • Would you know how to keep your food cold without a running refrigerator?
  • Would you know how to hunt, trap, kill, and process wild animals for sustenance if you had to?
  • Would you know hot to use plants as medication if you could no longer use the pharmacy?

These are the skills that we teach to the urban community.  This ultimately is beneficial for society as a whole.  The more educated people that are out there, the less rioters, looters, and murders there will be at your doorstep when the SHTF.  People become desperate in hard times and desperation makes people do some ugly things!  As a police officer, I witnessed first hand the thin veneer of civility among humans.

"Hope for the best, Prepare for the Worst"

LOCATION

Joliet, IL
Joliet, IL

Joliet, IL a midsized exurb/suburb of Chicago located 25 miles southwest of the city. Joliet is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States and is in Will County, which is also one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. Joliet, or "J-Town", is racially diverse and is known as a blighted crime-ridden city, although the area has shown much improvement since the 1990's. nationwide Joliet is most known for its prisons, even sometimes known as "Prison City".

$25 // Back to Basics Sticker Pack  (designs may differ) + Founder's Wall


$25 // Back to Basics Webinars + Founder's Wall
Two digital lessons on topics that have to do with self-sustainability.

$50// Back to Basics T-Shirt  + Sticker Pack + Founder's Wall
Screen printed on 100% cotton T's, athletic fit perfect for workouts, wearing around town, or working on the farm!

$50 // Back to Basics Tote Bag + Sticker Pack + Founder's Wall
This tote has a wide bottom to fit bulky groceries. Durable 12-ounce 100% cotton twill; Cotton web handles reinforced with stress-point stitching. Dimensions: 15.5"h x 13"w x 7"d

$75 // Back to Basics Handmade Organic Soap + Sticker Pack
We not only teach our students skill sets that we are losing from our forefather's time, we also teach them entrepreneurial skills as well.  One thick bar of Back to Basics Handmade Organic Soap made by our students.

$100 // Back to Basics SWAG Pack  + Founder's Wall                               

T-Shirt, Tote, and Sticker Pack

$200 // Organics Pack:  Soap, Salve, & Chapstick                                   

(2) Soaps, (1) Miracle Healing Salve, (2) Chapstick Tubes.  All handmade by our students.

$200 // Tree Huggers Dedication Plaque   
We will buy and plant a tree the food forest in your name and adorn it with a dedication plaque recognizing your generous gift. The plaque expands without harming the tree as it grows! It will not rust or corrode or release any harmful toxins or chemicals that could harm the tree  You will have the choice to add your own special message/quote.  Maximum 3 lines with up to 35 characters per line including spaces and hyphens.  You can take all the glory yourself, dedicate it to a loved one, or promote your company...

$500 // VIP CONTRIBUTOR

TREEHUGGER PLAQUE + SWAG PACK + ORGANICS PACK

$5,000 // HERO STATUS
This reward is for the true believer in sustainable practices who wants to make a big difference in many children's lives.  We will dedicate the training facility/tiny house in your name and adorn it with a plaque with your name and an etching of your likeness or business logo!

We sincerely appreciate your support.  If you have any questions, please e-mail us at ambassadorstothefuture@gmail.com and we will do our absolute best to respond to you quickly.  We are taking all contributions very seriously and will operate with the same absolute level of integrity used within our permaculture practices.

How Kickstarter Works:

Pledge any amount you’d like and choose one of the listed incentives as your reward. If the total pledges meet our $15,000 goal by the end date, the credit cards of our pledgers will be charged and we’ll receive the funds. If we don't meet our goal, your pledge money won’t be withdrawn from your account and no incentives are provided.

If we exceed $15,000 in pledge money, we’ll use the extra funds to supplement the total cost the off-grid tiny house.   If we fully fund the cost of the off-grid, any additional funds will go towards the permaculture food forest (Growcery) where all plants and trees have a specific role in the system.  Not only are the plants edible and/or medicinal, they also supplement each other's needs (nitrogen fixing plants, dynamic accumulators...etc.) Nature is amazing!

You can also increase your pledge once it’s been made. If you want to increase your pledge amount, sign in to Kickstarter and access our campaign page. The green “Back This Project” button on our page will have been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click this to enter a new amount.

*Special thanks to Primal-Pastures whose campaign format inspired the design our campaign. "Imitation is the highest for of flattery."

Risks and challenges

When it comes to fulfillment, every project has potential obstacles, from production delays to permits to collaborator mishaps. There is always a chance that the specific building that we are seeking will sell before we can procure it. In that scenario, we will purchase a similar structure, most likely a mobile tiny house on a trailer that we can across country to schools.

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    (2) Handmade Soap Bars
    (1) Handmade Miracle Healing Salve
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    In recognition of your generous donation we will plant and name a tree after you and display a plaque in your honor!

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    We will name the off-grid tiny house training facility in your name and adorn the building with a commemorative plaque with your name and an etching of your likeness.or business logo

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