We're growing food made from local rain, local compost, & local sunshine. Your support helps us buy tools, a shed & rain barrels! Read more
This project was successfully funded on April 10, 2012.
About this project
Wahoo! You helped us reach our stretch goal of $15,000.
Wondering if your donations are still needed? YES!
Every Dollar Builds the Farm
Your money will be put to good use strengthening our project and helping spark the urban farm movement throughout the United States. Thank you! Here We Grow!
Raleigh City Farm is an urban farm startup growing food made from local rain, local compost, and local sunshine. We believe that every city needs an urban farm to reduce waste, improve our health, and deepen the connection we urbanites have to our own food supply. We see urban agriculture as a major upgrade to city life. The need is great and the time is now.
We've secured a highly-visible acre of land within a mile of city-center and need funding to build out the infrastructure that will allow us to research and demonstrate intensive urban growing techniques.
We're changing this... to this!
We are a completely uncompensated, volunteer-run organization. There are no salaries and your entire donation goes toward critical infrastructure. Your donations beyond $10,000 will quicken the farm's progress and help ensure our success.
Our needs include:
Irrigation - We want to build an extensive rain-barrel system that will allow us to capture and store water from an adjacent shopping center. Municipal water lines also need installing for whenever we use up the rain water.
Rain Garden - Urban farming faces special challenges that are also opportunities for innovative solutions. For example, we want to design and install a rain garden. Doing so will keep rain water that falls on our lot out of the sewer system and put it back into the ground. It will also protect the farm's growing beds from runoff from nearby parking lots that could break through and destroy our plant rows.
Tools & Shed - Urban farming uses a lot less machinery than industrial agriculture. We need to put shovels and wheelbarrows into the hands of our eager volunteers.
Hoop House - Hoop Houses extend the growing season by protecting plants from cold winters and offering shade in the summer. If our Kickstarter campaign raises beyond $10,000, we may be able to add one to the farm—bringing more fresh produce to Raleigh.
With your help we will transform one of the city's most underutilized spaces into one of the city's best used spaces.
Special thanks to: Videographer Holt Menzies // Some footage provided by Peter Bell // Graphic Designing Gurus Brandi Gull, Hillary Thomas, Chelsea Dunlap. // Social Media Gurus: Nicole Alvarez, Anita Blomme Pinther, Chelsea Dunlap, John Kurtz, Hillary Thomas, Thomas Thornton, Matt Tomasulo // Creative Gurus: Annelies Gentiles, Zana Wall-Rogers // Fundraising Gurus Lisa Finaldi and Lisa Barrie.
Special thanks to Joanna Lelekacs from Dancing Pines Farm for her early and ongoing major contribution of time, expertise and talent.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $1 or more
SPECIAL KICKSTARTER SHOUTOUT on our website (plus our immense gratitude)!
Thank you for kickstarting us!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
Above + YOUR NAME ARTISTICALLY ON THE FARM. In keeping with our commitment to community, we will create something special to include all $25 and up donors! Curious? Oh, the suspense! We'll send you a video or picture of it, and you can come by in late April to see it!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
Above + YOUR NAME ON A TOOL -- in a kickstarter limited-edition, special style by one of our local artists. We'll send you a video or picture of it, and you can come by in late April to see it!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $75 or more
Above + YOUR NAME ON A VEGETABLE ROW.
Imagine, your name on a sign at the end of row of healthy, leafy greens! We'll send you a video or picture of it, and you can come by in late April to see it!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
Above + a SPECIAL EDITION TOTE BAG
that reads "I Kickstarted Raleigh City Farm" with our logo. Perfect for use about town.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
4 backers Limited (16 left of 20)
A VERY SPECIAL EDITION "DIG WHERE YOU LIVE" BLOCK PRINT from a local designer and press. Will look great on the wall of your business or home. Thank you for being part of our growing community support!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
Above + YOUR NAME ARTISTICALLY INTEGRATED ONTO THE FENCE OR SHED. Thank you for being part of our growing community support!Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)