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By AgriSmarts
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About

The Compost Chopper really is a great tool, and despite falling short of our goal on Kickstarter, we will continue our efforts to get the Chopper into the hands of everyone who desires fast and efficient results from their compost. 

 For more information about The Compost Chopper:

Visit our website at www.CompostChopper.com

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Now, back to the original campaign......

This new patent-pending product, the Compost Chopper, aids in creating usable compost in a shorter amount of time with more efficiency and uniformity.The compost chopper is a four-bladed tool that works with a circular chopping board designed to fit within a standard five-gallon bucket.    Kitchen scraps are tossed into the bucket and chopped between the board and the chopper. 

By creating uniform, smaller pieces, composting time is greatly reduced and the quality of the compost is increased. This occurs because the total increased surface area of the smaller pieces allows microbes to more quickly digest the scraps.  The increased surface area also aids in moisture retention and air movement, both of which speed up the digestion process.

How many fruits and vegetables can you find in this picture? Answer is below the Backer Bonus.
How many fruits and vegetables can you find in this picture? Answer is below the Backer Bonus.

The uniform nature of the small pieces also helps with even composting, eliminating the need to screen your compost prior to use. The compost chopper works with all composting methods and every composting bin, It is even suitable for tower garden systems and vermicomposting methods.

The side-by-side compost bin with The Compost Chopper system. (see $10 pledge)
The side-by-side compost bin with The Compost Chopper system. (see $10 pledge)

 The complete Compost Chopping system comes with a chopper, the chopping board, and a standard 5-gallon bucket.  However, the chopper and chopping board will work with any standard 5-gallon bucket.  

Compost Chopper system next to a compost bin.
Compost Chopper system next to a compost bin.

The Compost Chopper used in all the photos and videos you see is the working prototype made over 3 years ago.  I've left it outside for a majority of that time, and have used it extensively for all my traditional composting, as well as for my vermicomposting.  The edges are still sharp and it works as perfectly as the first day it chopped.  Your chopper will differ in appearance, but will function exactly the same.

What else can the Compost Chopper do?

  • It can prepare feed for small livestock such as chickens.
  • It can prepare fruits and starches prior to processing ingredients in mash for wine and spirits.
  • It can break up large chunks of soil when preparing a garden bed.
  • It can stand on it's own!!  Yes, a garden tool that stands.  This is worth it in itself!
And here is the some video evidence:

Progress to Date

We have already begun producing an initial run of 100 Compost Chopper systems in anticipation of fulfilling sales. This is also a way for me to record vital data on production times, to better understand the costs associated with producing the choppers.

One step in the six-step process of fabricating the chopping boards.
One step in the six-step process of fabricating the chopping boards.
100 chopping boards are completed and ready to ship.
100 chopping boards are completed and ready to ship.
Steel hubs for the chopper in one stage of the fabrication process.
Steel hubs for the chopper in one stage of the fabrication process.
High-quality ash handles, finished and ready for processing.
High-quality ash handles, finished and ready for processing.

We also have in-stock the buckets, rivets, and tooling required to complete the choppers.

Helping Each Other

As you can see, we are well on our way to producing the finished final product.  So, why do we need you?

Our Kickstarter Goals:

  • To help people who compost achieve better and quicker results.
  • To get the Compost Chopper in the hands of consumers and elicit feedback for product improvement.
  • To prove enough demand exists for this product to take it to the next level.
Our Ultimate Goal:

  • To catch the eye of a national yard and garden tool manufacture and turn this into a successfully licensed product with a nationwide distribution network.
                       That would seriously be the ultimate kick-start!
As you can see, by backing this project you will become a founding partner in the ultimate success of the Compost Chopper.  

What You Can Do:

  • Back this project now.  Even if only for a dollar, your support will help to propel this campaign to greater visibility.
  • Tell your friends and have them back this project.  If your friend backs this project and tells us that you referred them, you will qualify for the BACKER BONUS.
  • Follow our progress and tell the world.  Share our social media links and enjoy the gardening and composting tips, photos, and quips.  We love to share what we know with you.
A special incentive for sharing:  The BACKER BONUS

** The referred friend must name you in the backer survey and payment processing must be successful.**

(Answers to the chopped scrap hunt above:  Sweet potato, pomegranate, lettuce, celery, carrots, corn cob, lemon rind, orange rind, melon)

Notes on Rewards

For everyone:  We sincerely appreciate your backing and we want to give you the best value possible.  We will have a special section on our website dedicated to you in thanks for your support.  And we will gladly follow you and like you where ever your social media loyalties lie.  We will ask for this information in the backer surveys. 

If you are local: 

If your reward is a compost chopper and you live in the area local to Radford, Virginia, I will arrange a date for you to pick up the compost chopper at the shop.  This won't just be a normal pick-up though.  It will be a Compost Chopper celebration.  Complete with food and drink and lots of fun.   We'll talk compost, and I'll ceremoniously hand over the chopper to you.  

NEW LOCAL PICK-UP reward options for backers local to Radford, VA and Manassas, VA:   Now, you can select the lower price that doesn't have the shipping added to the cost.  You will have to attend one of our local pick-up sites in Radford, VA or Manassas, VA on an arranged date to get the Compost Chopper.  Arrangements will be made at the end of the campaign.


If you get the presentation: I will tailor the presentation to your audience and even the time of year.  I will come equipped with all the Audio/visual equipment I need.  You just arrange the venue and find an audience.

Eddie gives a talk on Raised bed gardening. See the chopper?
Eddie gives a talk on Raised bed gardening. See the chopper?

 If you get the composting Station:  I will work with you to create the most effective composting station for the people it will serve. It will take me the better part of a day to build and set-up.  But it will be worth it.  The compost station will rock!

The Inventors

From our family to yours, we sincerely thank you for taking the time to visit our campaign and read through our project.  If you backed us, we look forward to updating you on this fun experience.  If you are on the fence, just click "remind me" under the video to get a future reminder of our progress, or back us for one dollar to get the exclusive backer updates. 

We hope your path to a sustainable lifestyle finds it way through the Compost Chopper.  Chop Away!

Thank you so much!

Risks and challenges

I anticipate the primary challenge to be shipping the chopper system. The size of the box will require a higher-than average shipping fee, which effects our slim margin, but won't be a deal-breaker. If I have a large shipping order, I hope to be able to negotiate a better deal.

One of the other challenges will be to secure the proper man-power to meet any high order volume. I do not see this as a major problem, since there is a large labor pool in the City of Radford and surrounding areas. Positions will be granted to students from the local universities, as well as members of the community who need work. I often hire people on a part-time basis to meet demand with other projects, so I know what to expect.

Since I have already begun to build the first run of 100 choppers, I am aware of the time necessary to produce the product, as well as which vendors can supply the materials in the correct quality and time-frame.

If ever there is a delay in the fulfillment of any of the reward levels, I will immediately notify those effected and keep the entire community of Compost Chopper enthusiasts up-to-date.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Join us on our journey. You will get exclusive access to our backer-only updates and receive one of 5 custom postcards containing a lighthearted view of the Compost Chopper in action.

    BONUS: For each friend you refer to this campaign who backs us, regardless of their pledge level, we will send you an additional post-card. Collect all five! (they must name you in the completed campaign survey)

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    Receive a color, printed magnet with reminders of what kitchen and household waste you can and cannot add to a compost bin. It's a great, quick reference easy to keep where you need it. FREE Shipping.

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    Receive e-mailed, detailed plans to build the two-sided compost bin featured in the photos and videos of this campaign. The plans provide all details for purchasing the materials, getting the wood cut at the store, and assembling the bins. These are also the plans for the compost-bin build tutorial featured on YouTube.

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    Give a gift of sustainability. Get yourself and four other friends to pledge at this level and we will send a complete compost chopping system to a community garden, school, or other organization of your choice. We will brand the name of the organization into the handle and provide a wired tether for permanent attachment to their composting station (to prevent theft). FREE Shipping.

    (Backer survey will ask for organization name and address. Coordinate with friends to supply the same name to provide the gift. Organizations that do not reach five pledges will be chosen at random to receive a chopper for each 5 pledges at this level.)

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    The Compost Chopper basic package for local pick-up. You receive the chopper and the chopping board, you provide the bucket.

    ***For pickup in Radford, VA and Manassas, VA only. Arrangements will be made at the end of the campaign***

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    The Compost Chopper complete system for local pick-up. You receive the chopper, the chopping board and a heavy duty, green 5-gallon bucket.

    ***For pickup in Radford, VA and Manassas, VA only. Arrangements will be made at the end of the campaign***

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    The Compost Chopper basic package. You receive the chopper and the chopping board, you provide the bucket. FREE Shipping.

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    The Compost Chopper complete system. You receive the chopper, the chopping board and a heavy duty, green 5-gallon bucket. FREE Shipping.

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    Personalized, custom branded Compost Chopper system. The name of your choice will be branded into the wood handle of your chopper. You will receive the custom chopper, the chopping board and the heavy duty, green 5-gallon bucket. FREE Shipping.

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    A custom stainless steel chopper with synthetic handle. Chopper will be made with 304 stainless steel and cleaned to ASTM B912 electropolishing standards. This results in a food-grade stainless chopper suitable for use in food preparation for animals in places such as zoos, farms, and stables. This corrosion resistance also means you could have a Compost Chopper for your compost bin that stays outside and never looks worse than the day you received it. You will receive the stainless steel chopper, the chopping board, and the heavy-duty green 5-gallon bucket. FREE Shipping.

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    I will travel within a 200 mile radius of Radford, VA to provide a presentation on Square Foot Gardening at your venue. Any audience size is acceptable. I have given this presentation previously as a Master Gardener and currently as an avid gardener at Gardening Expos in Indiana and clinics in Indiana and Virginia. Presentation lasts slightly over an hour and will feature high-quality photos, handouts, and great information for beginners and seasoned gardeners alike. I will travel even farther if travel and lodging accommodations are paid.

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    I will travel within a 200 mile radius of Radford, VA and into the Northern Virginia area to build a complete side-by-side compost bin center for your home, organization, or community garden. The center will include the bins, signage to label the bins, signage to explain the process of maintaining the compost bin, and a complete Compost Chopper system with your information branded into the handle. I will provide a demonstration on composting and how to incorporate it into a sustainable lifestyle. This could also be considered an education center, perfect as a donation to a community group. If this is the case, an engraved plaque will adorn the composting center. I will travel even farther if travel and lodging accommodations are paid.

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Funding period

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