WHO WE ARE:
Terra Tech Farms will be an indoor farming facility. Using hydroponics farming methods, we will be able to provide sustainable produce on a commercial scale, utilizing less land and water than conventional farming. Our produce will be local, pesticide free and grown year around.
We believe in sustainable produce that is able to be grown in an urban environment, that is what we plan to bring to the Dallas community.
WHY THIS PROJECT IS IMPORTANT:
The world is changing, urban populations are increasing, food and water scarcity are apparent, and CO2 emisions continue to rise. Terra Tech Farms aims to combat these trends. Our farm will produce in an urban landscape, create local food for local people, use 90% less water than conventional farming, and nearly eliminate the transporation need for our produce, resulting in a decrease in CO2 emisions.
With the farm being indoors we will never have to spray pesiticeds on our produce. Allowing our customers to feel safe when purchasing our products. There will never be a fear of pesitcide run off ending up in our local water supply.
Another benefit of being indoors is that we can grow year around allowing us to provide the same quality produce month after month, at a consistent price point. Unlike most produce you see in the store with flucuating prices, depending on the season and what part of the world it was trucked in from.
WHAT WE HAVE DONE SO FAR:
Business plan written
Filed all corporate papers
Had logo designed (thanks Stephanie Trainor)
Designed indoor farm & priced out the cost to build
And the most important thing: We have been growing small batches of lettuce, herbs, & wheat grass for almost a year now! Check out the pictures throughout the page, these were grown at different times during our testing. This was done to understand growing patterns and plant habits to ensure we had a sound business plan.
WHAT THE MONEY WILL BE USED FOR:
The money raised on kickstarter plus Jake's personal savings will go to build a 50FT X 8FT X10FT indoor farm capable of growing over 2,000 plants per month. This size facility will grow the equivalent of one acre of traditional farm land.
This money will go towards supplies like lumber, PVC, pumps, lights, insulation, seeds, H2O tank, nurtients, etc. As well as helping pay the lease payments on the new space until we begin to harvest and sell our products, which is planned to be in early fall of 2013!
Any money raised beyond our goal will be used to start building the first Urban Farm Station, which is the next stage at Terra Tech Farms.
Phase 1: Once funded and the farm is built we will be growing different types of lettuce, herbs, sprouts, and wheat grass. These were chosen for their fast harvest cycle so that we can get to market sooner.
Phase 2: Once we have worked out any kinks and started building a true customer base we will expand and change up some of the lighting to be able to grow flowered produce like, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, and strawberries.
Once up and running, we will work on branding and getting our produce into more local restaurants.
We will be working on the first URBAN FARM STATION, details to follow but we are hoping this will revolutionize local produce. We just need to test out growing patterns on a large scale in the indoor farm being built from this kickstarter page.
We have a plan to try to become fully sustainable. With ideas of solar power, water recycling, bio-desiel delivery, localy souced supplies and more!
PLEASE HELP BUILD A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE & A MORE LOCAL FOOD SUPPLY!
YOUR PLEDGE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED! THANK YOU!
Check us out on FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/TerraTechFarms
Risks and challenges
There are always risks in business and we are not naive to that. Our biggest is not getting our farm built before the end of summer. We are small team (pretty much a one man show but with lots of supporters!). There is a lot to build, hundreds of feet of PVC pipe to lay, lots of electrical, not to mention packaging & branding. We know problems will arise, but we feel we left enough room to overcome challenges in our time line that we should still be able to make it to market by early fall.
We will keep everyone informed of our progress from start to finish!
Another risk is that people don't like local, fresh and sustainable produce....but we know that would be crazy!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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