Funded! This project was successfully funded on May 16, 2012.

Update #5

Video Update: Danny McGuire

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Welcome new backers! In our latest video Danny McGuire tries to keep his star client Rod from Growing Cities happy during his Kickstarter campaign, but Rod needs Danny (and you!) to show him the money!!! 

We have new prizes to offer including visits from Compass Green Mobile Greenhouse and Truck Farm Omaha. Also, the original full color painting of Alex Southworth's Growing Cities Poster is available now. This is an amazing, one of a kind piece of art and a true collector's item...there's only one!! 

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Update #4

Video: Broke $20K + making reel change

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Hi folks!

We broke $20K yesterday and vaulted past the halfway point -- that's fantastic!  Plus, we have another video update for you:

For the last few days I've been at a conference in Washington DC, Reel Change, all about connecting our film to social change.  It has been a really incredible experience to be surrounded by other really talented filmmakers also dedicated to making the world a better place.  Anyhow, wanted to share some of the inspiration that has come from the conference and share our goals for change.

And please, keep on sharing our project (even if you have already)! 

Dan + Andrew

PS If you haven't 'liked' us on facebook yet, do it and tell your friends to!  We're only 23 likes from 2K.  The 2,000th fan gets a 100% organic cotton Growing Cities t-shirt (not even kickstarter...yet)!

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Update #3

New Prizes & Dan Escapes!

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Thanks to you we've had a great start to our campaign but we need to keep up the momentum! Send a personal email with our trailer to ten friends today!! 

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Update #2

Civil Eats post + backer only video on its way!

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Hi all!

Dan here.  Andrew and I wanted to thank all of you for wonderful support and give a quick heads-up on a few things.  First off, we broke 250 backers today and have surpassed a third of our fundraising goal...that's awesome! 

Please keep on sharing and sending out those emails to 10 friends...template here.

Other notes:

  • BACKER ONLY VIDEO UPDATE - we are posting this later today!  Quick synopsis, I (Dan) might have tried to leave the country using money I didn't have...you'll laugh, we promise. Keep an eye out...
  • POST ON CIVIL EATS - I wrote an article on Civil Eats about why I'm working on this film...it also gives you a little window into my childhood growing veggies in my backyard.

More to come later this afternoon...also my mom has a photo she wants to share with ya'll.  I'll post it soon.

Thanks again for your support!

Dan + Andrew


Update #1

What a week...$7K in 7 days!!

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Hi Everyone!

Wow.  We're closing out our first week live on Kickstarter and we're pleased with our progress so far (over $1K per day). Thank you all so much for your support thus far, but remember we have a long way to go!  Check out these quick updates and make sure to keep on sharing, emailing, and, of course, donating what you can...

What YOU can do & updates:

·      Write ten emails Sharing on social media is great. But, what works best—to get donations, at least—is getting personal.  To make it easy, we’ve drafted a quick email (see bottom of update) which gives you a simple way to share us

We’re asking every one of YOU to send this out with a little personal note to at least ten of your friends.  This will be incredibly effective in helping draw more people into our campaign.  Please feel free to add your own personal touch…especially if you know, have met, (or feel like you've met) Andrew or Dan!

·      Farm Experience Prizes If you live in NYC, Austin, Omaha, or Seattle (coming soon to SF Bay Area) there are some great times to be had at local urban farms—think a rooftop farm, mimosa farm tour, learning how to milk a goat, and more!!  Check these out and make sure to keep an eye out for new prizes!!

·      Press We've got some great press already and have number of more things in the works (just finished our first TV interview). You can check us out on: Homegrown, City Farmer, Metro Magazine, and the Good Food Media Group.

That’s it for now.  We're so excited to have you on this journey with us!  Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, comments (seriously, leave some), and so on...

Andrew, Dan, & the rest of the Growing Cities team

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Hi XXX,

How’s it going? [INSERT PERSONAL]  I’m writing to let you know about a great looking documentary film, Growing Cities, which I’m supporting on Kickstarter.com.

The film follows two young guys across the country as the meet folks who are revitalizing cities by growing food (watch trailer here).  They want to inspire people to grow healthy communities across the country, but they need some help!!

To finish the film they need to raise $35K in 30 days to get the film out to as many people as possible. 

I hope you will consider making a donation (no matter how small or large) to help them out.  You can watch their trailer & pledge here.  If you can't make a donation, I hope you will share with others.

Thanks,
XXX

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