This project's funding goal was not reached on February 15, 2013.
About this project
Support Vermont Organics Goal:
Help Vermont Organics save the bees, peat bogs and wetlands in order to provide cleaner air to breath, cleaner water to drink and swim in as well as better organic materials for robust gardens and food production. Vermont Organics has developed a unique recycling system to put carbon back in the ground with focus on improving the quality of air, water and soil. We’re asking you to support us in tackling more than 15% of the global carbon footprint.
Vermont Organics is currently engaged in wholesale perennial production selling plugs to container growers throughout the United States and will be using funds to finish greenhouse conversion to be 100% peat free and significantly reduce our carbon footprint by using organic discards and recycled materials. In addition, we’re focused on reducing our dependency on fossil fuels and plan to install a bio-fuel furnace to accept waste oil from the food industry and provide a renewable heat source for our potting media and plant production.
Here’s How It Works:
Vermont Organics has developed the next generation of potting media products that replace peat moss based products in food production and ornamental growing. According to the United Nations, 6% of the global carbon footprint is attributed to the harvest, production and distribution of peat moss. Not to mention the draining of peat bogs has devastating effects on native vegetation and natural biodiversity.
Vermont Organics produces peat free media products through a proprietary process which pays local dairy farmers for 20% of their manure instead of spreading it in excess, thus reducing nutrient runoff and improving water quality of nearby lakes and streams. In addition, removing volatile solids from the manure before it reaches the pit significantly reduces associated greenhouse gases. These reclaimed solids contain superior nutrient levels and provide a sustainable alternative to peat moss.
Let's Give Peat a Chance
Did you know that peat moss is a non-renewable resource? Did you know that it takes a peat moss bog thousands of years to evolve? How about the fact that once a peat moss bog is harvested, it's gone forever? Peat moss is very important to the health of the bogs' ecosystem and water filtration, while being the home to many different species of wildlife and flora. Most importantly, peat moss is the single largest terrestrial store of carbon, equivalent to 75% of all the carbon in the atmosphere. The consumption of peat moss for horticultural use is not necessary. When you are picking up your gardening supplies, steer clear of the peat. (Jennie Lyon – Founder & Editor of Sweet Greens, a green lifestyle writer + mother of one little boy in sunny Florida)
Vermont Organics is introducing and continually developing new perennial plant varieties not only for their beauty but also their role in ecology. In order to save the bees, work is focused on providing season extension through a broader timeline of food for bees and other beneficial insects. Without bees, human food consumption would be dramatically affected.
Vermont Organics strives to extend the feeding season in both spring and fall. Tiarella cordifolia (common name “Foamflower”) used to be common in all of the eastern United States and now is endangered in two states. We have bred hardy varieties to provide some of the first emerging flowers in spring and an early meal for hungry bees. Furthermore, we’ve introduced our “Global Warming Mums TM” consisting of five late blooming varieties to provide new color in the landscape when most flowering vegetation has already passed. These are hardy perennial garden mums tough enough to take a few hard frosts before calling it quits for winter and provide an abundance of nectar very useful in feeding beneficial insects when there is little to nothing else available. With hungry bees and other pollinators still active due to the warmer extended fall seasons we are now experiencing, they’re making these plants their last autumn feast. When bees are flourishing, so will our food supply!
A Word Of Thanks:
We thank you for your support of this effort and hope you will follow our progress as we work to deliver quality products that move forward helping feed the bees, lower environmental CO2 emissions, and reduce unwanted nutrient runoff!
Risks and challenges
Our Risks and Challenges
-Soil Testing, and lab analysis.
We need to be able to send samples of our end product to be analyzed and monitored to ensure quality of the product. Every time we run a batch of soils we will need to send a sample to the lab for analytical data results. This costs money and time before we can make the product available.
-Machine maintenance and improvement
As our technological process improves there could be a need for further mechanical improvements to help expedite the process. Also, with any mechanical device there is a possibility of breaking down and needing replacements. Mechanical maintenance is also a large part of the process and all of these factors are not cheap.
-Community knowledge and support
When we are up and running we need to have our product available to the public. We won't be able to achieve this if people don’t know we exist. We will need to do some outreach and advertising to let the world know what we are all about and how they can acquire our product.
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