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Modern gardening to create a new world! Vee Garden makes this possible.

Welcome! Four years in the making, Vee Garden is ready for the next big step. Learn how you can help me build a sustainable product and develop my dream of healthy food and garden education for all.

Thank you for your interest and support! PLEASE share this campaign with your family, co-workers and friends so Vee Garden can manufacture the greenest garden system ever!

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WHY.....I’m passionate about art, the environment, food, and gardening and I believe we need to try our best and share.

Four years ago, the Vee Garden Project started as a public sculpture installation. The theme for this exhibition was Bellwether. I wanted to initiate a discussion about FOOD. I felt that food played a role in every political topic four years ago, and it remains so today. In the exhibition, I wanted to engage the viewer to examine their relationship with food; to reflect on its history and its future; to consider the role of food in the urban environment and in their lifestyle, health, economy, community, and culture. What is likely to change about our food system with the shifting forces of population, climate, science, and geopolitics? Can we, as individuals, still have a place to participate in the food system, or have we surrendered all of our power?

During the exhibition, I had two frequently asked questions:

  • “Why hasn’t somebody done this before?”
    and
  • “Where can I get one of these gardens?” 

These questions became the launching point for the Vee Garden system.

HOW....There is an old proverb: The barn’s burnt down, now I can see the moon. When a developer cut down all the trees next to my house, it revealed the sunniest place on my property....the roof of my garage....

Prototype Installation on Rooftop
Prototype Installation on Rooftop

The design started out simple, and then,..it got very complicated...

Early Design Concept
Early Design Concept

Back to the drawing board. The design was simplified and refined...

Second Generation Design
Second Generation Design

then...a couple years of testing and modification...

finally......success! 

Unpainted and Painted Prototype Collections
Unpainted and Painted Prototype Collections

I've accomplished a number of goals surrounding the Vee Garden, including:

  • Refining the design
  • Sourcing materials and components
  • Building jigs, templates, and mandrels for production
  • Practicing, perfecting, and demonstrating

The Vee Garden is now commercially available, but I’m running hard to keep up with the handmade process required by many of the pieces. It’s time to take the next step for the sake of sustainability, efficiency, and my sanity!

Now, I want to streamline the manufacturing which will condense packaging to lower shipping costs.

Plan Drawings of Vee Garden Prototype
Plan Drawings of Vee Garden Prototype
Three Dimensional Renderings for Vee Garden Components
Three Dimensional Renderings for Vee Garden Components

While the current design is handmade from 6-inch PVC, as I work with the injection mold manufacturer, I am making slight modifications for the purpose of efficient packaging to reduce shipping costs. The new injection-mold manufacturing process that you will help me acquire will make the plastic parts of the Vee Garden system better fitting, more consistent, more compact, and more sustainable for the long run.

WHERE...In the good ‘ol USA, right here in the Greater Seattle area. I've been working with Robert Haley at Tool Gauge and Machine Works, 4315 South Adams in Tacoma, WA. Greater Seattle is the home to other successful startups like Amazon.com, Boeing, Costco, Eddie Bauer, Microsoft, Nordstrom, and Starbucks. It might be a bit more expensive, but hey, we’re worth it. I like to think I’m not only providing food opportunities to more people, but real jobs too.

WHEN... By all accounts, when we reach our Kickstarter goal, I can submit the order for the tooling of the injection molds. These molds are chunks of steel the size of a truck engine which go into a device the size of a Volkswagen bus.  It takes 6-8 weeks for delivery of the mold before I can begin production. By that time, I will have all the other parts in place for packing and fulfilling orders in plenty of time for Spring 2013. 

Time to gather your soils and seeds!

WHAT...A garden is a commitment. I want you to grow what suits your needs. The combination of Vee Garden products is designed to accommodate your particular circumstances. Vee Garden is available in the following designs:

  • There are four variations on the vertical-garden design, each optimized for different plant habits and requirements.
  • There are three Softbed sizes.
  • There are 2 mini designs, each with a carrying handle and composter.

Each of these pieces occupy about the same footprint, approximately an 18-inch diameter circle. When you are designing your own garden, consider these two questions:

  • How much space do I have in a sunny location with water access?
  • What do I want to grow?

Additional detail about each design is available at vee-garden.com.

Each of these vertical-garden designs use approximately 3 cubic feet of soil. Remember that when it comes to SOIL, quality in equals quality out. I like to charge the composter with a handful of aged compost and a few earthworms to initiate the microbial activity. This whole composter thing is amazing! No work, no turning. You just keep pushing green matter in and it keeps disappearing! It’s probably the most efficient composter you'll ever see, and it will improve your soil year after year from the inside-out. The earthworms will multiply and aerate the system, delivering nutrient-rich castings up and down the whole soil column and into every root zone.

Do you know anyone with a physical disability? Vee Gardens are wheelchair accessible.

A Vee Garden is the perfect addition to Small Space or Tiny House living.

REWARDS:

All of the hard-plastic parts in the Vee Garden rewards will be fulfilled with product made using the new green injection-mold manufacturing process. 

All reward levels include a Vee Garden community membership and shipping within the US. International shipping, when available, is an additional charge and noted in each reward.

For any reward, a gift message can be purchased for a recipient of your choice and emailed in time for holiday gift giving. The message contains a personal note of tidings from you and a description of the product (or products) to be delivered at a later date, but in plenty of time for the Spring 2013 planting season.

$10 - This gets you on the “Vee-list.” You're now a member of an early-adopter Vee Garden community. Maybe you're not quite ready to jump in with both feet just yet, but when the time is right you’ll enjoy special privileges, introductory offers, and insider information about how to benefit from this garden design. Imagine being able to produce more food, more variety, using fewer resources in less space and in more places than any other growing method on the planet!

There’s a lot more to come that improves upon and extends the usefulness and productivity of this system. I've been jiggering gadgets and widgets that help with management and configuration. I’m certain that others will get on board with their own DIY variations for how to enhance the look and performance of each Vee Garden design.

International shipping available.

$25 - Maybe you or someone you know wants to show support for the goals of Vee Garden. Did you see the various t-shirts I wore in the video? You too can have a brilliant, carrot-colored top with the Vee Garden logo on the front and a clever statement on the back. T-shirts come in sizes S to XXL. Pick a t-shirt size and a phrase:

  • sweet
  • savor this
  • alpha gardener
  • extreme gardening
  • the sky’s the limit
  • food for thought
  • plant whisperer
  • SOIL quality in = quality out
  • share

I'll have the t-shirts to you by Valentine’s Day. You will also receive a Vee Garden community membership with each t-shirt.

International shipping available.

OR

$25 - the Vee Mini 2 - a simple, easy to assemble, and portable 2-gallon planter with its own built-in compost tube. Grow a collection of herbs or edible greens out the top. Put it in a window or out on the deck, then carry it into the kitchen for easy access to dinner’s fresh garnish. A Vee Garden community membership is included.

International shipping available.

$35 - the Vee Mini 5 - a slightly larger portable, handled garden. This one can grow up to 12 heads of lettuce in its 12 inch diameter footprint. Included is a Vee Garden community membership.

International shipping available.

OR

$35 - A collection of all three sizes of Softbeds and a Vee Garden community membership.

  • 15-gallon - a big, soft planter for growing some substantial plants or a 3-square-foot garden of greens. It’s portable and unbreakable, made from recycled plastic bottles, and lasts 5-7 years.
  • 5-gallon - A biodegradable version of soft and permeable fabric with a 2-3 year life. After its growing life is done, throw into the compost pile to sustain your next generation garden.
  • 3-gallon softbed. A smaller version of the biodegradable Softbed.

All of these Softbeds are handy to move around as needed, even during the season when they're weighed down with produce. I usually have some holes and afterthoughts in my garden during the season, so it’s nice to have just the right size unit to insert in the gap. They're great for root crops (think carrots or radishes), for keeping invasive plants under control (think mint), or for planting flowers for that cheerful spot of color.

International shipping available.

$50 - Buy the collection of three Softbeds, a t-shirt of your choice, and a Vee Garden community membership.

International shipping available.

$55 - I’ll bundle a Vee Mini 5 and a Vee Mini 2 into a package. Now you’ll be more balanced when you carry one in each hand from the deck into the kitchen for dinner prep.

A Vee Garden community membership is included with your minis.

International shipping available.

$60 - The Deep Green, an all-purpose vertical planter. Very simply, a garden-in-a-box. This model is all soft-sculpture, and is weighted like a punching dummy. There’s a composter in the top and a reservoir inside for maintaining soil moisture. It can grow the equivalent of a 12 square-foot garden, all with no weeding or bending. Its 18-inch footprint grows two huge tomato plants at the top, 6 heads of lettuce out of the sides, and a few basil plants in the bottom pouch. And presto, a Caprese salad! Imagine looking at your fresh, ripe tomatoes and smelling the aroma of homegrown basil on a summer afternoon. If that doesn’t transport you to a fond deja vu of summers past, then it will create a warm memory to carry forward into the cooler seasons. You will also receive a Vee Garden community membership with this reward.

International shipping available.

$85 - Your choice between the Green Tower or the Vee Garden Basic, two of the most highly-functioning, space, and resource-conserving garden concepts you'll find anywhere. Each planter grows the equivalent of a 15 square-foot traditional garden in their 18-inch diameter footprint. 

Maybe you've got kids? This is the perfect model to help them start to think about their food and where it comes from. With both a composter and worm farm in each unit, it becomes a teaching opportunity on ecosystems. You can give them fresh strawberries with no chemicals. Help them discover how an eggplant grows and foster a lifelong love of gardening. These systems give you the space and flexibility to be creative: flowers and food mixed together make a giant bouquet on an unused corner of your yard, deck, patio, or driveway. As part of this reward, you will also receive a Vee Garden community membership.

Each $100 reward features one of the large vertical garden designs central to the kit-of-parts concept. With each option, you will also receive a Vee Garden community membership.

The Appetizer. This collection contains one Green Tower and a 15-gallon Softbed that fit in a 2’x4’ area and grows the equivalent of a 20 sq.ft. traditional garden. For example: 

Green Tower:
  • 20 heads of lettuce (or greens of your choice ), harvest and plant a succession crop 
  • 2 kale, assorted nasturtium and pansies
  • 2 bush beans, plant a second crop for late season harvest
Softbed:
  • 2 dozen radishes
  • 10 cilantro plantsand a second and possibly third planting

OR

The Salad Bar: This collection contains one Deep Green, one 15-gallon Softbed, and two 5-gallon Softbeds that fit in a 2’x6’ area and grows the equivalent of a 16 sq. ft. traditional garden. For example:

Deep Green
  • 2 tomato plants (producing up to 20 lbs of tomatoes)
  • 6 heads of lettuce and edible greens
  • 3 basil plants and one parsley
15-gallon Softbed
  • 15 pounds of potatoes
Two 5-gallon Softbeds
  • 12 beets and a dozen radishes with a second and possibly third planting of radishes

OR

The Buffet: This collection contains one Vee Garden Basic, one 5-gallon Softbedand one 3-gallon Softbedthat fit in a 2’x5’ area and grows the equivalent of a 18 sq ft. traditional garden. For example: 

Vee Garden Basic
  • Thee plants, such as a tomato, an eggplant, and a pepper of your choice
  • in the base insert a sage, a rosemary and an oregano plant with a few flowers
5-gallon Softbed
  • Chard 
  • Spinach
    plant again in the fall for winter greens
3-gallon Softbed
  •  More flowers and greens

$345 - The Complete Veg Collection: Receive two Green Towers, a Deep Green and a Vee Garden basic, then fill around them with two 15-gallon Sofbeds, two 5-gallon Softbeds, and two 3-gallon Softbeds. You’ll need a 3’x8’ area, but you’ll be able to grow what a traditional garden would produce in 75 sq. ft. You’ll be able to plant a strawberry patch, edible greens, tomatoes, peppers, beans, peas, root crops, herbs, and flowers. You can grow enough variety for salads throughout the season. You will also receive three Vee Garden community memberships with this reward; one for you and two additional memberships for your friends.

$600 - The Full Meal Deal: This is a family-sized garden; a food project for everyone’s taste. This collection includes two Vee Garden Basics, two Green Towers, three Deep Greens, six 15-gallon Sofbeds, four 5-gallon Softbeds, and six 3-gallon Softbeds. These occupy a space approx 5’x10’, but easily grow as much a traditional garden of 180 square feet. This reward includes four Vee Garden community memberships and two t-shirts. 

$1,000 - The Back 40: This collection produces enough food for a family to eat all season long and enough extra to share with friends or start taking on a few canning, freezing, and preserving projects. This is the Complete Veg Collection and the Full Meal Deal along with one each of those cute minis: a Vee Mini 5 and a Vee Mini 2. Comes with seven Vee Garden community memberships and two t-shirts. Plus, you can check in with me if you need  suggestions for garden design or planting.


$ 3,000 - The Homestead: This is a serious garden! You’re growing enough crops for putting up and sharing. You can grow just about anything, just about anywhere! Put together three of the Back 40’s. You’re going to need roughly 250 square feet or about a 10’x25’ area; approximately 3 to 4 parking spaces. You’ll have food and some Vee Mini’s for gifting, six t-shirts for gardening attire, twenty Vee Garden community memberships for your friends. Exercise, fresh air, and health included at no additional cost! You can set this up in a weekend. Get your friends to pitch in and make it a social event. Then start planting and enjoy this garden for years to come.

$5,500 - The Community: This is a collection equal to two Homesteads. Get together with several of your neighbors. See if your condo or apartment building can handle a roof garden or collaborate with a church or school to make a difference.

STRETCH GOALS:

BOUNTY FAIR 

#1 $500,000 - if we make it to this point...wow!! We've got a crowd. No, even better. We've got an event! We'll be gathered online to share our experiences, a common language built around the same tools. We'll be able to share the best ideas and collectively solve problems. 

Once we’ve got the online meeting place. Now, we can create the show place.

We want to build this thing as a community and a resource to ensure that you and everyone who follows can participate and have a healthier life and environment. Sometimes we feel a little powerless with the giant unseen forces deciding the quality of our lives. This is one small thing all of us can wrap our arms around. 

We'll create a contest where participants can share their gardening mojo to show off by meeting challenges and being rewarded for the best examples of success as they share their secrets and show off their creativity and skills. Everyone wins, but those who step up their game will get special awards: free gardens, gifts, special recognition...and yes, ribbons!

At this point we’ll be putting together tutorials and all kinds of resource and content material for making the whole food experience more accessible and less complicated.

THE TEACHABLE GARDEN PROJECT

#2 - $800,000 - It only makes sense that what comes next is creating educational tools and forging alliances to generate a curriculum for schools and other educational opportunities. This will get us well on the way to sharing the knowledge by staffing and organizing materials that can be used by a wide variety of educators, including lesson plans, activities, and fundraising ideas.

I'll establish the first pilot projects at schools for the children of some of our top backers.

Here's an idea of how it might look:

Vee Garden will provide schools or a couple of classrooms their own garden collection. But now, this isn't just a garden; it's a laboratory for inquisitive minds. The curriculum will integrate the science, health, biology, and other components of an experience with gardens and food. What happens during summer vacation? Students will be able to take home a garden to grow and nurture through the summer. When they come back to school in the Fall, they can have a party with the produce they and their classmates grew. Imagine how much the students will learn as they plan for spring planting, start their seeds inside, plant them in the gardens, and watch their seedlings grow into healthy, organic produce.

Vee Garden can also partner with the students and the school for fundraising opportunities. The students can sell seed, plant starts, and Vee Gardens to friends, family, and neighbors, involving the entire community around the school in their growing experiment. The kids learn, they eat what they grow, they share their enthusiasm with the community, and in turn they nurture their schools. Win, win, win, win...

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The risk that comes to mind from this journey of creating the Vee Garden relates to the idea that this system is a ‘kit-of-parts’. Lots of parts!! I make many of them myself and we're going to be converting the manufacturing of many of those pieces to an injection-mold process. There could be delays at any step in developing the new process: designing and building the molds, producing and testing the plastic pieces, producing a quantity sufficient for fulfillment. We've identified the designer, injection mold manufacturer, and production facility. A project manager will oversee development and work out any kinks that might arise.
Additionally, there are many more parts that are sourced from far and wide in order to make this the tight-fitting, uniquely engineered, and simple design that it is. A glitch in the supply chain is the nemesis of even the simplest design.
Of course, if anything comes up, well, maybe you've figured it out by now, this isn't just a product....it’s a mission. We'll get ‘er done.

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    This reward level gives you a Vee Mini 5 and a Vee Mini 2. Grow salad greens, flowers, and herbs equal to what you can produce in a six square foot garden. Place it on your kitchen counter for dinner prep. Includes a Vee Garden community membership. U.S shipping included. International shipping add $10.

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    Choose between the Green Tower, think vertical strawberry patch or salads for the summer, or the Vee Garden Basic, a snap together vertical sculpture that grows your favorite heat-loving plants. herbs, flowers, and perennials. Includes a Vee Garden community membership. U.S shipping included.

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