Saturday, August 10, 2013
Getting started with www.kickstarter.com and The Soup garden farm idea.
www.kickstarter.com, appears to be the best place to get The Soup Garden farm idea the necessary funds to implement and install.
The next step is to write a business plan.
I believe if we want to become believable in the eyes of our kickstarter supporters, every
Thing from our financials to our process of development should be transparent and shared with the public, at minimum. I am going to develop that plan hear with you on Facebook and on my blog where I publish from. You the reader are encouraged to interact as much as you desire. I will ask for Online assistance once in a while, if you are interested in participating, do. Spreading the word about this conversation is the most important thing you could help me do right now.
I am going to brake down, The Soup Garden farm idea, into its separate areas of interest and brake down each area of interest, into it’s individual pieces, parts and activities.
From there we can get some scope on the idea and the estimated total costs to install, the Soup Garden farm idea.
The Soup Garden farm idea.
The Soup garden farm idea is a farm that produces all the vegetables for a restaurant on the farm that makes primarily soups. The farm is ran by students. The students, each on a two year program, operate every aspect of the business, the restaurant, the garden- intermixed with flowers, A bread oven, a soup cannery, a farmers market, a media and entertainment division as well as teaching customer tour groups. At the end of two years, groups of seven students will be sponsored to open a franchise location of The Soup Garden farm idea. The seven students become managing partners of a particular Soup Garden farm Idea franchise, they in essence become operating owners. A percentage of the income from each Soup Garden farm idea franchise will be reinvested in to the infrastructure and sustainable efficiency of that Soup Garden farm. A incremental expansion, with in a planed franchise process.
We want to duplicate farmers and farms by providing wholesome food, education, and a atmosphere for the local population to relax into.
Areas of operation, The Soup Garden farm idea;
Kickstarter is a web site that a person or persons can submit an idea too to be considered and sponsored by online supporters. When we and or I, have the idea for The Soup Garden farm idea condensed into a business plan that is agreeable with all those that are participating I will submit the idea and business plan to kickstarter.
I am going to base the Information I collect on the area I live in, the Redding and Anderson California Area. With the intention of Building a “The Soup Garden farm idea” in the local area, Chico California is another possibility as well, which ever community is the most receptive to the idea is where we install the first, The soup Garden farm idea.
The real resource we have hear in the Redding area Is Interstate highway 5, I-5.
I-5 has a massive amount of traffic on it, daily millions and millions of dollars roll by in the pockets of humans traveling north and south.
Just south of Redding is Corning and the Olive Pit. The Olive Pit is a localized cottage industry based on olives. The Olive Pit, is a store front, with a small food bar. The rest of the store is filled with a huge variety of jarred olives, it is the every flavor olive store, with just as many varieties of olive oil. It’s a wonderful place if you like olives and olive oil. The place is busy with I-5 customers. The Olive Pit is generating millions and millions all pouring into the local economy.
Chico location note;
Chico has a large college and student population, also highway 99 passes through town. More needs to be learned about Chico and the surrounding area to better understand how a Soup garden farm could sustain its self there.
I will be looking for land available that fits or can be mortified to fit the soup garden farm idea as it develops in the Redding area.
The activities, entertainment and media group;
This group will be the heart of the operation. This operations group will communicate with our online followers, promote and run Campaigns for the installation of additional Soup garden farm ideas as well as the scheduling of weekly evening entertainment At the Soup garden farm. This group will also develop a Youtube channel and design a reality TV show around the development of the Soup Garden farm idea and other projects that champion the betterment of humanity.
The student program and curriculum;
Each student of The Soup Garden farm idea,
Will be in a weekly rotation and be required to pass a competency exam in each area of operations within the soup garden farm idea to graduate and qualify as a franchise manager/ owner.
Each student is encouraged to build a off site support group that he or she communicates and shares their experiences with online daily.
The students will work in a group of three to seven members. Weekly they will rotate to a new educational work stations together.
A conversation of camaraderie and understanding will be part of the curriculum to help each team/group become more efficient as a functioning unit.
Student housing and hygiene facilities;
The student housing, I imagine as a bunk bed, barracks style housing, with community showers and bathrooms. Females and males will have separate housing and hygiene facilities.
Classes will be held on personal hygiene and food handling.
The restaurant and cannery;
- I am starting the menu out with,
Soups, breads, roasted vegetables and salads. Everything grown in the garden or on the farm.
As for the menu items listed above, I will start menu development conversations on my timeline on Facebook. I will be looking for recipes. These same recipes will help guide us in choosing the vegetables to plant in the garden.
The purpose of the cannery is to can in canning jars, soups made from extra vegetables from the garden that are not used in the restaurant or sold at the farms farmers market. These canned soups will be sold at the farmers market and at the restaurant. A deposit will be charged on the canning jars, the deposit will be returned when the canning jar is returned.
A design competition will be held online for each years garden design. The winning design will be installed in stages by a flash crowd. The designer of that years garden design will be rewarded with a one year pass for one, for free soup at the Soup Garden Restaurant and that years garden will be named in their honor.
The garden design as I hope and imagine it should be vibrant and colorful, a broad variety of flowering plants. My desire and vision of the garden is that it would draw life to it, bird, bees and humans. I want the garden to fill people with a overwhelming sense of joy.
The water and water systems;
The property that The Soup Garden farm idea is established on must have a good source of water. Either free flowing water from a irrigation district or wells.
In the event that our water source is from a well, solar powered pumps need to be researched and the right application installed for the site. If the property is on a slope holding tanks should be located at the highest point on the property, even then the tank or tanks may need to be elevated.
Total potential water usage needs to be established.
The Farmers Market;
During the summer months, the farmers market will be held out side, under a shaded market place. Soup garden farm will have a permanent display area for our fresh produce, canned goods, seeds, starts, breads and other products produced on the farm.
Farmers and craftsmen in the area will be invited to participate for free if they sign a attendance contract and make a deposit that will be returned to them at the end of the season.
The food delivery system;
I have not developed this section out at this time. I need to do more research. If you find any articles and or examples of a farm-to home delivery system you the viewer can refer to me, I would be grateful.
The retail and whole sale seed and starts program;
Seed collecting can be done in the garden off of the flowers we intermix in the garden and in the processing room in the cannery. These seeds can be saved for Soup garden farm to replant and the excess can be sold online and at the on site farmers market. We can also sell vegetable and flower starts in the spring and early summer.
All accounting will be run through a accountant and updated regularly/ daily.
All accounting will be transparent for the public to see and audit.
Energy use and alternative energy development;
-Solar water pumping
-Solar electric powering facilities
-Natural gas or propane
-Digesters for natural gas?
- Wind generator
Each one of these areas of function in The Soup Garden farm idea will be transparent and available for you to interact with.
When The Soup Garden farm idea has developed to the point that, the Activities, Entertainment and Media group, are functioning and online, they will manage the online conversation and updates. The audience will always be informed, and we will be informed by them and you.
Thank you very much for reading.
I look forward to your input and participation.