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Growing the sustainable food movement through innovation, education, advocacy, and fresh local hydroponic food production!
Growing the sustainable food movement through innovation, education, advocacy, and fresh local hydroponic food production!
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Living in the city has its advantages – access to shows, festivals, various events, and unique cultural activities. However, access to fresh, local, sustainably grown produce is non-existent. Urban Hydro was created to fill this void.

Urban Hydro Project is an urban hydroponic farm that provides fresh, local food YEAR ROUND to people in the Nashville community. We grow lettuces, tomatoes, herbs, and other leafy greens. Here's the catch...we're currently only using a quarter of our grow room.

In order to maximize the growth potential of the room and increase our production capabilities, we're going to need to invest in some new equipment. This will easily allow us to more than quadruple our current production level. Indoor hydroponic farming requires us to monitor and control a wide variety of environmental factors to achieve optimal growth potential of our plants. The funding we receive through this campaign will help us to purchase the necessary devices to more accurately control these factors and grow more plants more efficiently, while allowing us to serve even more people in our community. 

Jeffrey’s Background:

I have been a hobby hydroponic grower for years now, fascinated and inspired by the idea of being able to grow my own food in my downtown windows. I’ve built several of my own 'window farms' and recently purchased a manufactured window farm through another Kickstarter campaign.  

The Grow Room:

Over the past several months, I've expanded this passion for producing fresh, local and sustainably grown food to a 135 SF utility room on the roof of my downtown Nashville condominium. This space was unused and underutilized. After many hours of sweat equity, a friend and I were able to create a 12' tall frame in the room for hanging lights, trellising plants and future vertical shelving.

Why We Need Your Help:

In order to grow more produce so that we can reach out to more members of our community, we need to buy more equipment to expand our grow room. By contributing to Urban Hydro, you will help us more tha quadruple our production and ensure that many more Nashvillians have access to fresh, local produce!

Thank you so much for supporting our efforts to spread the sustainable food movement and provide more people with fresh, local food year round!!!!!!

Our rewards will make GREAT Christmas presents. We will email you a print out that you can wrap and give with information about Urban Hydro Project and a description of the award you purchased as a gift. If you would like to give a reward as a gift, please email us after you donate so that we can email you the voucher in a timely manner!

Risks and challenges

Running a 135 SF grow room is tricky! There are so many factors that must be controlled, and learning what to adjust is critical to ensuring that plants mature on time and at premium quality for our customers.

The past several years of hydroponic experience have given me the knowledge of how to handle these challenges. However, every grow room behaves differently, and adding more plants to the equation changes the entire ecosystem.

I'm excited about the challenge of creating the perfect ecosystem as the grow room expands, thanks to your help!

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    1hr private tour for two people of the Urban Hydroponics grow room. Includes detailed demonstration of what hydroponics is, how it works and a sampling of our produce!

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    (10) heads of our monster sized lettuce. This can be stretched over a 12 month period. We'll provide you a punch card on your first pickup. If you're in a 2 mile radius of downtown, we'll deliver for free!

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    Basil, basil, basil. We've got it! This reward entitles you to up to 6 cups of basil over a one year period. Whether you're making a killer pesto or trying your hand at your first thai dish, we've got sweet basil and thai basil ready for the picking!

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    1 hr landscape design consultation by Landscape Solutions of Nashville (www.landscapeTN.com). This consultation will include a designer coming on site, reviewing your desires and then painting out potential design options on your property. This is only available to Nashville supporters.

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    Vegetarian meal for 6 featuring produce from Urban Hydro Project.

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    Custom hydroponic design consultation at your house. We will look for the best location and review how you can begin growing your own hydroponic vegetables at your home! I'm growing fresh herbs and vegetables in my windows in downtown, so you TOO can grow your own food year round!

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    Be the very FIRST customers of our YEAR ROUND hydroponic CSA that we expect to be launching in early March (if not earlier). This reward is limited to only 5 so that we can be sure and have 5 VERY satisfied customers.

    Our CSA will consist of bi-weekly pick-up (or free delivery if you are within 2 miles of downtown) including lettuces, kale, arugula, tomatoes, peppers, specialty greens, herbs and more! Be the only ones to try our experimental crops as they mature like carrots, beets, and strawberries.

    Also, we don't want to know that any of our food is being wasted, so we will allow you to request less of one crop and more of another if you aren't using it. If you've experimented with Kale as much as you can handle and want more lettuce instead, we will do it!

    Typical CSA shares are often around the $700 mark for outdoor farming season. This is a VERY limited time offer for the first 5 members of our CSA to have YEAR ROUND access to a bi-weekly pickup of fresh, local, organic hydroponic produce.

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