My goal is to produce a light-weight, easy-to-assemble, durable, raised-bed garden system that will allow people to become urban farmers. The system is designed to fit on patios and balconies, but is modular, so it can be made longer to accomodate a larger growing area. (The ultimate goal is to have this produced out of recycled plastic, which will reduce cost and help planet Earth).
As of now, we have an utilility patent filed by Kley Atchenhoff, our patent lawyer, and Triad Engineering of Monument, Co has completed the engineering drawings. We have a cost estimate for building the molds and an estimate for manufacturing, packaging and shipping each unit.
With your help funding this project, we will have the molds built, and the first 1000 units produced and shipped.
I cannot begin to thank you enough for funding this project to help people grow their own healthy, organic food. Again, I hope to have this manufactured out of as much recycled plastic as possible.
The cover is constructed of a very durable woven plastic. This cover is two years old and has withstood lots of sun and high winds. The opaqueness of the cover acts as a sunlight filter preventing your plants from getting burned. The access hatch can be rolled up and held in place with velcro to vent excess heat and closed to retain warmth in the winter. The cover can be removed altogether to allow plants to climb trellises or to simply hang over the side. As you can see in this picture the plants are thriving with snow on the ground.
The hoops, as seen above, are adjustable and constructed of plastic tubing. The hoops can be pulled out to increase the interior growing height or pushed in when you start your planting which decreases the amount of heat needed to keep seeds at optimal germinating temperature.
Pictured above is the working prototype. The plastic modular designed unit will be constructed in a way where no tools will be necessary to put the unit together. Another feature that makes this design unique is that molded into the side walls of the unit are three different base supports which allow the urban farmer to choose between three soil depths. This allows the unit to be used to grow a variety of different vegetables with different root depth requirements.
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At this level, you are probably just wanting to see this project get started. So you will get more good KARMA than you'll know what to do with. Also one Extend-a-Season, the gloves, glasses, tee shirt,and optional heater cable.