Compass Green is a greenhouse on wheels designed to teach sustainability to new audiences across the country. Read more
This project was successfully funded on April 28, 2011.
About this project
Hello! Welcome to our Kickstarter page!
Compass Green is a mobile greenhouse project that teaches sustainable agriculture to new audiences by driving a working garden right into their lives.
We need your support to build the first ever mobile greenhouse to run completely on renewable energy—waste vegetable oil, solar and wind energy. Our truck will inspire a new wave of excitement in agriculture nationwide and be a moving testimony of sustainable living.
We're going to offer sustainable farming presentations, workshops, and greenhouse tours to thousands of people across the country and teach simple, practical skills for a sustainable future. Scheduled stops will be made at schools, universities, after school programs, summer camps, farms, markets, community centers, and cultural events nationwide. The workshops and presentations will focus on Bio-intensive methods of sustainable farming and solutions to the worldwide impending food crisis with an emphasis on growing one’s own food. The workshops and presentations will include tours of our greenhouse, where we will explain the techniques and technologies we used and how they can be applied in different environments. Our presentations will be adapted for different ages, socioeconomic groups, and climates.
Biointensive agriculture is one of the most sustainable and well-researched systems of farming available today. Biointensive nourishes plant life in a variety of ways, starting at the pivotal intersection of sun, soil, water and air. By preparing the soil 24 inches deep through “double-digging,” one encourages root growth, aerates the soil, and improves water retention. Soil fertility is maintained by growing carbon-rich compost crops (grains, etc.) and through proper composting techniques, which allow microbial life to flourish around the plant’s roots, improving yields and plant health.
With an ever-increasing population and an alarming decrease in farmable soil, it is important to share practical solutions to turn our situation of agricultural scarcity into one of abundance. By inspiring more local agriculture, Compass Green is the perfect vehicle to do this!
So, why do we need YOUR help?! To get our greenhouse truck rolling we need to raise $27,000.
It will cost:
$12,000 to buy the truck, $4,000 to get it on the road (registration, insurance, and inspection costs), $4,000 to convert the truck to run on waste vegetable oil, $5,500 to buy and install a .5 kilowatt solar panel system and a wind generator to power our electrical needs for the greenhouse, $1,200 for construction materials; wood, plexiglass, and tools we'll need to actually design and build the greenhouse, and $300 for seeds, soil, and gardening tools.
So, there it is. We are asking you for a contribution towards this amount. With your support we can put our project into motion and together create a more sustainable future. Thank you!
Pledge $10 or more
You'll receive an original postcard from the road.
Pledge $15 or more
We'll send you a postcard from the road, email you seasonal gardening tips, and keep you updated on our tour.
Pledge $20 or more
We'll send you a Polaroid from the road, email you seasonal gardening tips, and keep you updated on our tour.
Pledge $30 or more
We'll send you a postcard from the road, organic seeds of one of our favorite veggies for your garden, email you seasonal gardening tips, and keep you updated on our tour.
Pledge $50 or more
You'll get all of the above, and we'll sign you up for any one of our workshops at a location of your choice nationwide. Plus, if a thousand dollars is raised from your zip code, we'll drive our greenhouse directly to your town and give our workshop to you and your community. Encourage your friends to donate!
Pledge $500 or more
Receive all of the above, and we'll come to your town and cook you and five guests dinner with vegetables from our mobile greenhouse truck. If we're not in your area, we can schedule a Video Skype or phone-call every month during our tour and share our favorite recipes with you.
Pledge $1,000 or more
We'll drive our truck directly to your driveway, school, or community and give a workshop to you and all your friends! Plus, we'll send you everything mentioned above.
Pledge $5,000 or more
You'll get it all! We'll give you all of the above, a dinner cooked for you and ten of your friends with vegetables from our greenhouse truck, and a top-quality garden tool set. We'll drive our truck directly to you and you can choose one other location nationwide for us to present and give a workshop.
- (30 days)