About this project
Philadelphia's current pickle industry is, unfortunately, uninspired and desert-like.
We're going to change that, by providing the snack-loving public of Philly the most self-actualized, best tasting jar of pickles in the known universe.
The point of this kickstarter exercise is to see it happen on a much larger scale, and on a much shorter timeline than it would take to fund it ourselves.
Share your money with us. Receive amazing pickles in return. It's that simple.
WE CURRENTLY SELL FOUR VARIETIES:
REGGIE DILL: classic garlic dill pickle w/ vinegar brine. for regular pickle folk.
MERKY MU$KIT: familiar, alien, sour dill funk pickle w/ lacto-ferment brine. for ferment enthusiasts and beer fans.
SCORPION $WEET: trinidadian scorpion pepper sweet hot pickle w/ vinegar brine. for heat-lust, masochists, perverts, etc.
BOURBON COUNTY GHO$T : ghost chili savory hot pickle w/ vinegar brine. do not put in direct contact with children, pets or eye sockets.
- 30K SURE SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF MONEY FOR A PICKLE COMPANY I'VE NEVER HEARD OF.
It may seem that way at first glance, but we're not talking about simply jarring a few cases of pickles and selling them at local farmer's markets for the summer; we want to build the first legitimate pickling industry Philly has seen in decades, and put a jar of greatness into the hands of every diehard pickle fan who wants one.
We've been working on it. And will continue to do so. We need equipment, space, and some start up cash to make it happen. We've already begun jarring and distributing our goods on a small scale. However, to expand our vision, and provide our goods to a larger cross-section of pickle lovers, we need more money than we currently have in our collective bank accounts.
Take an honest moment to read through all this. With your support, at any level, we can undoubtedly tackle this collective fermented destiny.
I'M FEELING A LOT OF THINGS. WHAT'S SOME MORE TANGIBLE INFORMATION I CAN GRAB ON TO?
In the spring of 2014, GARY DUCKET™ began distributing goods and services to the general public, with highly positive results.
Beyond selling snacks, our overall aim is to grow nearly everything we jar. So we started a farm in our neighborhood; located right behind a Planet Fitness, and next-door to a gas station and a CVS pharmacy.
Currently we grow cucumbers, herbs, peppers, and other rare varieties of produce used for pickling.
We do this through an innovative, and relatively unknown method of cultivating the land known as Korean Natural Farming. Our overarching goal as a company is to, one day, use only our ingredients to manufacture our snacks.
- WHAT, EXACTLY, IS KOREAN NATURAL FARMING?
Developed by Master Han Kyu Cho in South Korea in the 1960s, Korean Natural Farming (KNF) has been practiced for decades in Asia and introduced to Hawai‘i in 1999, and has been adopted by several farming groups there with proven, eye-opening results. KNF is a revolutionary agricultural method that encourages self-sustaining, closed-loop systems through eliminating external inputs (herbicides, pesticides, synthetic nutrients, etc.). Essentially, it's reliant on growing soil before growing plants. The fertility of the earth's soil, and all the benefits that follow it, are of the highest priority.
- HOW WILL GARY DUCKET™ AND KOREAN NATURAL FARMING IMPACT PHILADELPHIA?
KNF techniques have been proven to heal ravaged and toxic land by introducing microbes native to the area back into the ground. These indigenous microorganisms (IMOs) revitalize and restore the ability of the soil to produce healthy crops. Philadelphia is filled with destroyed and polluted land that we believe can be healed if treated properly with these methods. We want to help grow nutrient-dense, revitalized soil, that will in turn produce nutrient-dense, ethically-grown produce and snacks for our surrounding communities.
- WHAT DO INDIGENOUS MICRO ORGANISMS DO?
GARY DUCKET™ will implement KNF techniques to provide a cheap and effective way to produce sustainable crops and snackfoods with inputs made from the garbage and waste from surrounding restaurants (we currently use oyster shells, fish heads, and other refuse from our immediate neighbors). We aim to spread the methods and ideologies behind KNF to increase the quality of life and availability of locally sourced produce in an area known to be a veritable food desert.
- HOW IS KNF DIFFERENT THAN CONVENTIONAL OR ORGANIC FARMING?
Very. In nearly every way imaginable.
Instead of pesticides, KNF uses light, alcohol, aroma, and poisonous plants to control harmful insects. Pesticides are harmful to people and animals too!
Instead of spraying for weeds with toxic herbicides KNF uses the weeds to make nutrient rich solutions to feed back to the plants. Tall grass is also cut and used for mulch. The grass and weeds prevent soil erosion, hold moisture, propagate microorganisms, produce organic fertilizers, improve soil ventilation and suppress the pests.
Natural Farming does not involve tilling the land. Instead of using machines, we use earthworms, microorganisms and small animals. While a tractor can only till about 2 inches of the soil, earthworms can dig 7 meters deep. Earthworm excrement makes the soil rich in organic matter and nutrients. After using KNF methods the soil inflates and becomes so aerated that you can easily slide your hand into it, while also remaining cool and moist. Less water is needed/wasted. Not tilling also minimizes the germination and spread of weeds.
NO CHEMICAL FERTILIZER
Natural Farming does not use chemical fertilizer nor does it follow the common practice of applying over half of the fertilizer as base manure. Crops will become weak if given too much food at early stage.
Nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, calcium and all other elements that would be commonly given in the form of chemical fertilizer are substituted with Natural Farming inputs. Fish amino acid made from fish scraps provide nitrogen, eggshells give calcium, discarded animal bones are a source of phosphoric acid. Our Natural Farming inputs are not only cheap but highly effective. Using these methods farmers can save 60% on fertilizer costs.
Natural Farms do not create toxic runoff or chemical buildup as all of the inputs are made from the earths offerings.
WE REPAIR THE SOIL, INSTEAD OF DESTROYING IT.
KNF recycles nutrients from various herbs or farm waste. The system holistically exploits the complexity of living organisms that shape each particular ecosystem. This in turn results in a scientifically proven increase in yield versus conventional farming. It actually diversifies and heals the land with every growing season.
KNF was originally intended to change the chemical-based and harmful farming methods that were being practiced in South Korea. Together with like-minded farmers, Dr. Cho Han Kyu converted his lifelong studies and his own experiences into an innovative farming system that not only promotes respect and care for the environment, but also produces more food with less cost and labor.
- HOW DOES ONE BECOME CERTIFIED?
Teaching oneself the methods of KNF requires simply an open mind, the will to learn, a considerable amount of time and patience, and the determination to fine tune ones own methods using the tools nature has placed around you. To become certified, however, one must study under the tutelage of Master Cho at the Janong Natural Farming Research Institution in South Korea.
- I UNDERSTAND A LITTLE BETTER NOW, I THINK. THANK YOU.
DO YOU LIKE PICKLE$? WE DO, TOO.
JOIN U$. $HARE YOUR RE$OURCE$. RECEIVE OUR DELICIOU$ PICKLES IN RETURN. MAKE PHILLY BETTER. WEIRDER. MORE FERMENTED. IT'S THAT $IMPLE.
XOXO, GARY DUCKET
Risks and challenges
running out of pickles is a big concern. we're qualified to overcome that challenge based on the fact that we know how to make more.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
SHORT ANSWER: yes.
LONG ANSWER: due to the temperamental nature of fermented foods, the safety hazards that arise with shipping glass and liquid together, and our commitment to producing the most actualized rendition of pickles we know how, we prefer handing them to you directly and in person. HOWEVER, if really want to a jar and have no way of coming to our fair city, contact our pickle group directly on this page, and we'll do our best to work out a solution that works best for all interested parties (depending on the reward tier, how much it costs to ship, etc.). We hope that helps alleviate any pickle-related concerns you may have at this time.
Pledge $10 or more
ＡＰＰＲＥＣＩＡＴＯＲ ☯ for this token of trust, GARY DUCKET™ presents a general outpouring of gratitude, as well as an official sacred emblem© forged deep within the ancient bogs of pickle mysticism.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
ＭＥＭＢＥＲ ☯ you receive the rewards mentioned above, plus one jar of GARY DUCKET™ "PICKLE$"®, made to the precise specifications of benevolent and unseen pickle energies.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
ＳＴＵＤＥＮＴ ☯ you have chosen to truly engage in the GARY™ system. for your commitment, two jars of GARY DUCKET™ "PICKLE$"® (two separate varieties) are yours, plus a custom-fabricated piece of art made exclusively at the GARY DUCKET™ center for learning and creative betterment will be bestowed unto you.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $75 or more
ＳＴＵＤＥＮＴ ２．０ ☯ you get everything listed above and, for personal moments, a regenerative pickle-infused mixtape. listen carefully.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
ＡＤＶＡＮＣＥＤ ＳＴＵＤＥＮＴ ☯ you have started to unlock the fermented spirit that awaits just beyond the Gateless Barrier©. you will receive three varieties of GARY DUCKET™ "PICKLE$"®, plus you and a friend are beckoned forth to attend a revered GARY DUCKET™ yoga seance, complete with yogurt, pickle cleanse, mental purge, and the unlocking of the eternal inner jar. leotards discouraged.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
ＳＥＮＩＯＲ ＳＴＵＤＥＮＴ ☯ all the rewards above are yours, plus you and a friend are invited to partake in a one-night only meditative dining experience curated by GARY DUCKET™, right on our very own farm. complimentary group chant optional.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
ＡＳＳＩＳＴＡＮＴ ＴＥＡＣＨＥＲ ＯＦ ＧＡＲＹ™ ☮
you now possess high magic. an entire days worth of GARY DUCKET™ "PICKLE$" (half of a mixed case) is yours, plus a sacred, fully-restored Ceremonial Ferment Cloak® unearthed deep within the gorge of forgotten hopes. You also receive a personal invitation to attend the great forbidden cucumber ritual. wear your cloak.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $750 or more
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every reward above is yours, plus a tandem bicycle tour of enchantment hosted by certified tallmin brain dwyer of the world famous pizza brain is at your disposal. fancy food, drink, piggy-back rides, tree-climbing and semi-intimate secrets are but a small glimpse of what awaits.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
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everything above belongs to you, plus a one on one art spa zeitgeist with graphic magician Joel Evey® of deep internet fame.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $2,500 or more
ＭＯＩ$Ｔ ＢＯＹ ☀
you have undoubtedly earned an entire years supply of GARY DUCKET™ "PICKLE$" (six cases), plus everything else above, and a lifetime-pass to any and all FERMENT EVENT® food pop-ups we curate in the future.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $5,000 or more
ＥＬＤＥＲ ＭＯＩ$Ｔ ♛
we carry you around on our proverbial shoulders from here to eternity. also, free GARY DUCKET™ "PICKLE$" for five years
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ＩＭＭＯＲＴＡＬ ＣＵＫＥ ☠
congratulations, you're a pickle. after properly consuming and digesting you, we'll be sure to bury your essence deep within the fertile soils of our natural farm, where you'll bless generations of pickle-lovers for millenia to come.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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