This new multi-tiered spherical Ikea Garden is the perfect garden to feed your whole family. See: https://medium.com/space10-the-farm/
This new multi-tiered spherical Ikea Garden is the perfect garden to feed your whole family. See: https://medium.com/space10-the-farm/ Read more
About this project
In 2013, my family and I went to Haiti to help at God's Littlest Angels orphanage. While there, I became interested in gardening, because it was the primary source of income for many, and I wanted to go back and help them with hydroponics and other gardening solutions.
When I came home from Haiti, I began learning about home gardening and hydroponics, but could not find a good solutions which would work for our home, or help those in Haiti - until now.
When Ikea announced the Ikea Garden, I thought this was perfect! Not just for our family, but for those in Haiti and other countries.
Since I'm not a very outgoing person, I was resistant to do this kickstarter, but friends really liked the idea and encouraged me to do it.
So that got me thinking...how much money do I need to get this project going.
Well, I figure I can still work full-time, get a CNC machine, manufacturing facility, necessary materials and website, and machine the materials during the evenings and weekends.
I figured the materials will cost about $800 (including weather proofing and packaging materials), and it will take 8 hours to CNC a single unit. Then, I will need to pay shipping, which might be very expensive. Depending upon demand, I may need multiple CNC machines, and may need volunteers to help. Note: My goal is set to $70,000 because I will have to pay taxes on the income. I actually very confident I can complete it for much less than that, but once I get it completed, I will want to make sure I have the necessary CNC machines and materials, so I can provide the Ikea garden to others.
I'm estimating the uninstalled cost at about $2,000 to $2,500 - this includes the cost of materials, waterproofing, packaging, and delivery. I am also estimating the installation time at 4 hours, and the installation cost at approximately $500. NOTE: I am assuming I will be able to convince Ikea kitchen installers to also install the Ikea garden, or will be able to find local installation throughout the United States.
I would also like to have a raspberry Pi accessory for solar powered irrigation and feeding. This will take a little time to determine the proper parts which are needed for this configuration, and how best to install the irrigation lines.
I would also like to develop modifications to Ikea's design for smaller areas, and to make them modular for moving outside during the summer, and moving inside during the winter. I would also like to modify the materials so the configuration is expandable and more made from more light-weight materials.
Well....that's my plan. If you like the idea, please support it, and I will build it, and have the machinery and expertise to build it for you.
13 sheets of plywood - 18mm
4 sheets of plywood - 4mm
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Risks and challenges
The only risk I see is the shipping and installation, because those are elements I can not control. While I am anticipating shipping cost of $500, I will not know the actual cost until I can package all the materials and determine the weight and size.
The other risk is local installation, but I do not anticipate this to be a problem. Anyone who can follow basic Ikea installation instructions, should be able to construct the garden. I anticipate local handymen should be able to complete installation within a reasonable cost.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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