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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.
Congrats, how exciting! Looks really great - can't wait to see more. Well done!
Congratulaions on funding your project...................good job.......................
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!
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!
I think you make two pledges, otherwise, I'll just make a note to send you the $50 level items as well.
Can I add $50 to my pledge to get the items from that level as well?
Thanks so much Kevin!
That's "Tampa Bay Kickstarters"
I just posted your project on our 'Tamps Bay Kickstarters" facebook page. Good luck you're getting close
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!
Wishing the best of luck from another designer in Raleigh!! Wish I could give you more!
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.
Thanks so much Michael! Wonderful to hear from you!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Thank you very much!
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.