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$826
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16
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, March 29 2015 11:37 PM UTC +00:00

About

Our goal is to start a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) with ten shares, each share providing enough food to feed a family of four. A CSA is an alternative, locally based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. CSA members pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Once harvesting begins, CSA members receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit. To make the Gimponics CSA work, we need more growing room, and since we’ve used all the available ground space on our farm, we need to use more vertical space!

Our plan is to build a second aqauponic system with twenty-five grow towers. A 550-gallon tank will house 100 catfish. The nutrient-rich water from the catfish tank will be pumped to the grow towers, which will house 600 plants. We will be able to grow countless varieties of food in this completely self-contained system, making it Earth-friendly, sustainable and space-efficient. Our projections indicate that this grow tower system will be able to produce approximately 1000 pounds of food a season, making our CSA dream a reality!

Risks and challenges

***CSA Challenge***
1. Although we are confident that we can produce the food it will take to feed 10 families, we could run into weather challenges that could damage the crops.
***Timeline Challenges***
1. The tower will be hand crafted by a local builder. The timeline could push if the estimated time has to change.
2. The labor will be done by our family. Right now we feel confident that we will be able to keep our timeline, but we have not started to dig yet.
***Parts Challenge***
1. Our fish vendor may not be able to get us enough catfish and we would have to use tilapia.

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