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An innovative urban farm and market constructed from shipping containers.
An innovative urban farm and market constructed from shipping containers.
331 backers pledged $25,095 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Gregor McElvogue on July 3, 2013

      Hi guys. Great to hear about the mini Farmery in Durham. I wasn't aware of your Facebook page so I've missed out on all the updates and advances you've been making. I know it's a pain to post in both places but it would've been good to have known about some of the things you've been up to via Kickstarter - it's a less overwhelming notification system than Facebook. There you'll get lost amongst all my friends' updates.

    2. Creator Erin Klein on July 3, 2013

      Congrats, how exciting! Looks really great - can't wait to see more. Well done!

    3. Creator sharon joines on September 30, 2012

      Congratulations Ben!

    4. Creator Ann on September 28, 2012

      Congratulations!

    5. Creator Kevin Ritter on September 28, 2012

      Congratulaions on funding your project...................good job.......................

    6. Creator Jon Castrop on September 28, 2012

      Ben, Love the idea and video. I think definitely the sweet spot of the idea is shipping containers. also think you need to develop the hanging plant holders further so its a esthetically pleasing to take home for the customer. One more suggestion stack containers up lengthwise for more vertical space. Will follow your progress would like to do something like this in madison wi. Good Luck!

    7. Creator Rachel T (deleted) on September 27, 2012

      This is an amazing idea. Hope you guys make it to your goal because I want this to happen so I can take my girls to The Farmery one day. They would LOVE it!

    8. Creator Ben Greene on September 27, 2012

      Hi Jennifer,

      I think you make two pledges, otherwise, I'll just make a note to send you the $50 level items as well.

      -Ben

    9. Creator Jennifer Skahen on September 27, 2012

      Can I add $50 to my pledge to get the items from that level as well?

    10. Creator Ben Greene on September 27, 2012

      Thanks so much Kevin!

    11. Creator Kevin Ritter on September 27, 2012

      That's "Tampa Bay Kickstarters"

    12. Creator Kevin Ritter on September 27, 2012

      I just posted your project on our 'Tamps Bay Kickstarters" facebook page. Good luck you're getting close

    13. Creator Ben Greene on September 26, 2012

      Thanks Jed!

    14. Creator Jed on September 26, 2012

      I tweet about you all the time from my main 25,000 follower account but also other accounts of my biz clients! Will keep working on it....LUV your project!

    15. Creator Ben Greene on September 16, 2012

      Thanks Margaret!

    16. Creator Margaret Butler on September 16, 2012

      Wishing the best of luck from another designer in Raleigh!! Wish I could give you more!

    17. Creator Pat Roy on September 10, 2012

      Is there a photo and explanation of the living wall available for the $90+ level? If I could see it, I could envision where it would fit on our place maybe even convince neighbors to ante in. Thanks a million.

    18. Creator Ben Greene on September 8, 2012

      Thanks so much Michael! Wonderful to hear from you!

    19. Creator Michael Caston on August 31, 2012

      Nicely put together, Ben. Cheryl and I are very excited for your project and would absolutely love to see you succeed. I remember sitting through your Graduate Thesis presentation and hoped you would continue to pursue this great idea after graduation. Glad to see you stuck with it. We dropped some change in the bucket to help you get there.
      -Mike Caston

    20. Creator Ben Greene on August 28, 2012

      Thanks for the question Cooper!

      I'll be sure to put this in my FAQ.

      Half of the revenues of the Farmery come from our crops that we grow at the Farmery, and the other half of the revenues come from small local farmers and local value added producers. We adjust the percentage of crops grown at the farmery vs. products sourced from local producers according to supply and demand.

      The layout of the market in the central greenhouse is designed to adjust according to whether we need to focus on our supply or other producer's goods so if we run out of either one, then we can quickly adjust the layout to focus on our crops or outside sourced products.

      An additional related point about sourcing locally grown products:
      We've learned from our own retailers and experience that small farmers have huge swings in harvests and they typically have a harder time predicting there inventory than larger farms. This makes the Farmery an ideal place for small farmers to sell their crops because if the farmer has committed to sell to us and their crop fails, then instead of punishing the farmer as happens now with many retailers and restaurants, we make up for the lack of inventory with our own crops or value added goods.

    21. Creator Cooper Blair Carr on August 27, 2012

      Okay my only question is; if you guys let's say have a really good day and a lot of your inventory is taken out. Then your customers would have to wait for all the plants to grow back just to have one day of shopping.

      So is the main idea to have multiple farmery locations in one city or something?? Idk seemed like a flaw wasn't sure if it has been addressed.

    22. Creator Alessa Zaias on August 26, 2012

      More than awesome idea!! I have similar idea for here in Miami, Fl. Would love to chat more about and possibly work together.. Best of luck!

    23. Creator Ben Greene on August 25, 2012

      Thank you very much!

    24. Creator Caffeineforge LLC on August 24, 2012

      Truely wonderful idea, with a great pitch.

      This is the first Kickstarter I've wanted to succeed for reasons not related to the stuff they are giving me. I hope to add more money to the pile as the clock ticks down.