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An online audio-visual course and experience to help you demystify plant care and learn how to have a relationship with your plants.
An online audio-visual course and experience to help you demystify plant care and learn how to have a relationship with your plants.
An online audio-visual course and experience to help you demystify plant care and learn how to have a relationship with your plants.
220 backers pledged $41,035 to help bring this project to life.

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How to Make a Plant Love You: Houseplant Masterclass

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How to Make a Plant Love You is an online-audiovisual course + experience to help you demystify plant care, learn how to have a better relationship with your plants, and guide you to create the indoor jungle of your dreams. 

Some of what this course will cover includes: 

 

 

 

Plan on having beautiful imagery, illustrations and animated visuals to help you not only understand plant care—but help you think more like a plant! 

We have a number of exciting Rewards for helping us get this project up and running, including Early Bird Discounts on the How to Make a Plant Love You Houseplant Masterclass; beautifully handcrafted items from Mozambique; social media shoutouts; and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REWARD HIGHLIGHTS

We have a new $20 reward, which is a special "thank you" video from my irresistible foster hen, Kippetje, the Rhode Island Red.

 The first fifteen people who pledge $50 will get a package of organic liquid indoor fertilizers from Espoma + our 100 Houseplants Care Guide. 

A pledge of $149 will not only get you access to the course as well as acknowledgement on the site and across social, but also a 3.5-4" plant from Steve's Leaves (grower's choice & only available in the United States). 

Limited offer of a plant from Steve's Leaves along with access to the course!
Limited offer of a plant from Steve's Leaves along with access to the course!

Pledges of $350, $750, $2500, and $5000 feature exquisitely handcrafted items such as bracelets, bowls and vases using sustainably-harvested noble hardwoods and polished with locally-sourced beeswax and wildcrafted oils from the Mezimbite Forest Centre in Mozambique, which is a sustainable development, agroforestry and tropical forest nursery operation that gives back to the forest and its people. Each item is unique and made by a skilled artisan. Samples of work are showcased below. 

Handcrafted wooden bracelets, bowls and vases created out of noble hardwoods in Mozambique at the Mezimbite Forest Centre.
Handcrafted wooden bracelets, bowls and vases created out of noble hardwoods in Mozambique at the Mezimbite Forest Centre.

 

A Pledge of $475 gives you the "Urban Jungle Package" which includes 8 houseplants from Costa Farms, an Aspect LED 40W light from Soltech Solutions, access to the 100 Houseplants Care Guide, the Masterclass and more! 

A Pledge of $500 will give you a producer credit on an episode of "Plant One On Me" on YouTube. 

Get a producer credit on Plant One On Me, which has 23,000 subscribers and growing!
Get a producer credit on Plant One On Me, which has 23,000 subscribers and growing!

 

 

 

 

STRETCH GOALS

If we unlock our stretch goals, we'll be able to help take this online experience offline to:

  • Produce How to Make a Plant Love You tours across various cities—connecting with plant friends in real life (#PlantFriendsIRL); 
  • Create a hardcover book; 
  • Donate 500 copies of the book to under-served schools and libraries
  • Create and perform immersive experiences across cities, and 
  • Put How To Make a Plant Love You principles to work by helping refurbish and improve three community gardens in Brooklyn, NY.

Check out our Stretch Goals below.

 

FUNDS & TIMING

The primary funding (74%) will go towards filming, editing, animation and illustration. The remainder of the funding gets shared across Kickstarter fees (9%), Travel and gear (6%), Copyeditor (4%), Contingency (4%) and Platform costs for the first year (2%) . 

 

 

Special thanks to: Made by Made, Adnen Kaudri, Andrejs Kirma, Ariel Kotzer, Ben Davis, Deemak Daksina, Hermine Blanquart, icons ghost, Kate Maldijan, Landan Lloyd, Lucas Dino Nolte, Luis Prado, Park J Sun, Royyan Razka, Laura Breier, Hopkins, Marek Polakovic, Arthur Schlain, BomSymbols, and Wheelie Monkey for those use of their incredible icons, and Unsplash for some of the photos. Additional thanks to Maria @bloomandgrowradio, Alex @miloisahusky, and Marilyn @mylittlegreenspace for your incredible "acting". And special thanks to Jon Bregel, Sander, and Wendy Bowman for the additional footage to make this video possible. And special thanks to Sarah Beth Morgan @wonderfall for the use of her illustrations.

 

                       

Risks and challenges

Risks for the project are low. I have quite a lot of experience in this field, having produced multiple videos for the past 10 years, including producing and editing weekly online videos for my show Plant One On Me on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/summerrayneoakes), and an online workshop for my other venture: www.sugardetox.me.

I also have an incredible network of trustworthy, talented artists and designers that I've been working with for the past decade who are ready and willing to contribute to this initiative.

To further minimize risks, I started working on this project last year, researching, writing, and planning.

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    KIPPEE THE HEN "THANK YOU" VIDEO

    Get a personal "thank you" video from my foster hen, Kippetje (aka "Kippee"), the Rhode Island Red Hen.

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    50 HOUSEPLANTS CARE GUIDE

    This is an excel spreadsheet that highlights the scientific name, common name, light, humidity, fertilizer preference, schedule, etc. of 50 Common Houseplants.

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    100 HOUSEPLANTS CARE GUIDE

    This is an excel spreadsheet that highlights the scientific name, common name, light, humidity, fertilizer preference, schedule, etc. of 100 Common Houseplants.

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    ESPOMA LIQUID ORGANIC INDOOR FERTILIZERS

    Get a package of 4 liquid organic fertilizers: Indoor Plants, Cactus, Violet, and Orchid + our 100 Houseplants Care Guide.

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    ACCESS CODE - EARLY BIRDS I

    Access to How to Make a Plant Love You: Houseplant Masterclass online experience ($54 off its original selling price).

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    ACCESS CODE - EARLY BIRDS II

    Access to How to Make a Plant Love You: Houseplant Masterclass online experience ($30 off its original selling price).

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    ACCESS CODE + ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

    Access to How to Make a Plant Love You: Houseplant Masterclass online experience and thank you mention in the Acknowledgements section of the site.

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    ACCESS CODE + CREDIT + PLANT

    Access to How to Make a Plant Love You: Houseplant Masterclass online experience, thank you mention in the Acknowledgements section of the site, as well as a plant from Steve's Leaves (www.stevesleaves.com), grower's choice.

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    ACCESS CODE + SHOUTOUT CENTRAL

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    LET THERE BE LIGHT PACKAGE

    Access to the 100 Houseplant Care Guide, access code to the Houseplant Masterclass course, and a 40W Aspect LED light by Soltech Solutions.* (only ships to US and Canada)

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    ACCESS CODE + HANDCRAFTED BRACELET

    Access to the online experience, shout out on Instagram and Twitter, a thank you mention in the Acknowledgement section of the site, and a HANDCRAFTED a.d. schwarz bracelet made of rare, sustainably-harvested African blackwood by Mozambican artisans. (Those who purchase first will have their choice of bracelet).

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    URBAN JUNGLE PACKAGE

    Access to the 100 Houseplant Care Guide, access to the Houseplant Masterclass course, acknowledgement on website, eight (8) 5" houseplants from Costa Farms*, a 40W Aspect LED light by Soltech Solutions, and shoutouts on Twitter and Instagram. (*plants DO NOT ship to CA, NZ and AZ).

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    ONLINE ACCESS + CREDIT + PRODUCER CREDIT

    Access to the online experience, shout out on Instagram and Twitter, a thank you mention in the Acknowledgement section of the site, and a producer credit for one episode of "Plant One On Me" on @YouTube, which will be featured in the ending credits of the video.

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    ACCESS CODE + HANDCRAFTED BOWL

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    TWO ACCESS CODES, TOUR, TWO BRACELETS

    Two (2) online access codes for the online experience for you and a friend, shoutout on Instagram and Twitter, special Acknowledgement on the online site, two HANDCRAFTED a.d. schwarz wooden bracelets from Mozambican artisans, and a special Houseplant and Garden Tour for you and a friend when you’re in NYC. Please note: travel & accommodations are NOT included. (Date TBD)

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    CODES, TOUR+LUNCH, HANDCRAFTED BOWL+VASE

    Five (5) online access codes for you and four plant friends, shout out on Instagram and Twitter, Special Acknowledgement on site, one (1) handcrafted a.d. schwarz wooden bowl and one (1) vase from Mozambican artisans, a special Houseplant and Garden Tour for you and up to 4 friends when you’re in NYC during spring, summer or fall, as well as a locally-sourced lunch or dinner. Please note: travel & accommodations are NOT included. (Date TBD)

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    TALK + PLANT WORKSHOP WITH SUMMER RAYNE

    Get five (5) access codes to the online experience, get special acknowledgement on the site and shoutouts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and in addition to this, I will visit your organization, company, school, library, or university to do a special 1-2-hour in-person experience (talk/performance + workshop) based on How to Make a Plant Love You. Afterwards we’ll be able to hang out, ask any questions, etc. // // Please note: Travel & accommodations are only included for locations in the continental USA. (Date TBD)

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    THE PHILANTHROPIST PACKAGE

    Get ten (10) donatable access codes to the online experience, get PILLAR SPONSOR acknowledgement on the site, special shoutouts on social, a special in-person experience for your organization, company, school, library, or university that includes a talk/performance + workshop based on How to Make a Plant Love You (or donate your experience to an underserved community of our choosing). // // Please note: Travel & accommodations are only included for locations in the continental USA. (Date TBD)

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