About this project
A couple years ago I "house" sat for a co-worker, since this is Vermont, that meant an 80-acre functioning dairy farm with a stable of animals and a prolific garden. I was paid in vegetables, and I got my money's worth. One afternoon while harvesting dinner, I had an epiphany. I loved having access to such a bounty of produce, but I didn't have the time, space, or experience to grow my own. I wondered how I could simplify the process of gardening so that anybody could grow delicious and nutritious food. I dropped my kale, sprinted inside the farmhouse, and using my co-worker's kids' crayons I drew up the first sketch of the Seedsheet. Cloudfarm has come a long way since that original Crayola drawing, and we are so excited to introduce the Seedsheet to the world!
Create your virtual garden using our online patent-pending garden-builder software. Slide the dimension bars to select the size of your existing bed. Input your zip code so we can determine your home's hardiness zone, and filter our available plants to suggest those that will thrive in your specific environment. Then peruse our expansive selection of vegetables, fruits, and herbs to build the garden of your dreams. As you build, watch as we display your estimated germination percentage, the days until harvest, and the money you're saving!
Planting your garden is now as easy as making your bed! Once you're satisfied with your digital layout, we build and ship your specific Seedsheet directly to your door. Or if you need help deciding, take a look at one of our expertly curated Seedsheets, that feature companion planting to increase the yield. When your Seedsheet arrives, simply place it atop your prepared soil, secure with stakes or rocks, and water! No measuring seed distances, no fumbling with tiny seeds, and best of all, NO WEEDING!
After watering, the Seed Disks will dissolve and your seeds will germinate through openings in the weed-blocking material.
Risks and challenges
Growing food can be challenging. We have brainstormed, researched, and field tested the Seedsheet to make it as foolproof as possible, but there are still variables that could complicate production. We have come up with contingency plans should a complication arise.
-Seed Availability: We are teaming up with High Mowing Seed Company to bring backers the best possible non-GMO seeds. Availability of certain varieties is dependent on the growing season that produces the seeds. We have multiple seed sources lined up that we can use if the need arises, or we can advise backers on similar varieties as an alternative.
-Over-subscription: If our Kickstarter campaign wildly exceeds our threshold (which we hope it does!), we are prepared to meet the production demand through a manufacturing relationship with a Colorado material assembly facility. We are also prepared to increase our workforce!
-Software Optimization: We will be using the revenue of this campaign to not only purchase the equipment necessary to build Seedsheets at scale, but also to further optimize our Seedsheet Creator software, and increase the plant inventory that we carry. In the event of a threshold-surpassing campaign, we have identified additional servers to accept a higher load of web traffic, as well as negotiated with additional programmers to come on board if the demand arises.
-Plant 1, Pledge 1: We have collaborated with the National Gardening Association (NGA) and Kidsgarden.org to ensure that any donated Seedsheets go directly to a US school. We will be included in the 2015 Spring NGA Grant Application open to all domestic schools, and those that are accepted will receive their donated Seedsheet. In the event that there are more donations than grant applications, we will store the gifted inventory and include it in the next seasonal grant round.
-Shipping Seeds+Soil - While we want nothing more than to share the Seedsheet with the whole world, exporting Seeds+Soil overseas is a huge undertaking and a permitting nightmare. If (and when!) our campaign is successful we will then work towards receiving the appropriate licenses to ship overseas.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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