Food Cycle

Currently up for funding on Kickstarter: Food Cycle, a project aimed at producing and delivery compost around Troy. On bikes. From the blurbage:

Food Cycle, a project of Troy Bike Rescue and Collard City Growers, is a bicycle compost delivery project employing neighborhood youth, while diverting household and restaurant food and yard waste back into the ground on our urban farm all by way of the transportation of the future: The bicycle!
Food Cycle will create a hyper-local compost network that lays the groundwork for a self-sustaining, scalable enterprise. We need the help of financial backers (you!) for initial investment.

Abby Lublin, from Collard City Growers (you might also know her from the Front Parlor story telling series), emails us (link added):

We're really making moves in N. Troy. These pedal-powered haulers will be used for many purposes, in fact, we're doing bike valet, tune-ups, bicycle blending (pedal-powered blender), and possibly delivery at the Farmers Market starting in June (through Tight Knit).

As of this morning, Food Cycle still needed about $7,500 and had 22 days to go.

Other local Kickstarter projects

There are at least nine other local Kickstarter projects looking for funding, ranging from fiber arts to beer to zombies...

All totals and dates as of the morning of May 29, 2012.

Written In The Stars: A Collection of Visual and Fiber Art
A project to "develop a collection of yarn and blended fiber batts" by Nuri Steinhauer. $640 pledged of $3,520 goal with about 2 days to go

The Glass Wall
A documentary project about theater artist Mahmood Karimi-Hakak's effort to to create an artist collaboration across the walls that separates Israel and Palestine, by Liz Richards. $530 pledged of $8,000 goal with about 2 day to go

Art of the Bag
A documentary project about "the evolution of the speed bag and show that it's much more then just a boxing exercise," by Joe Saba, ZazaCast Films. $992 pledged of $5,000 with about 2 days to go

A made-in-the-USA soft foam smartphone stand designed by Ken Malsan (as mentioned). $14,935 pledged of $15,000 with 6 days to go

Champions of ZED
A "sandbox edition" of a role playing game. $5,028 pledged of $4,600 goal with 18 days to go

A short film project by Nao Bustamante (you might remember her). $4,963 pledged of $9,000 goal with 9 days to go

The Perfect Color
A short film by writer/director Justin Halstead. $4,280 pledged of $15,000 goal with 20 days to go

Covell Brewing
"Covell Brewing intends to become the most innovative microbrewery in Saratoga Springs, New York. Covell Brewing will be community-oriented and experiential: hosting events, tastings, fundraisers, local musical acts, and brewing specialty releases with local and in-season ingredients. Along with our local focus, we plan to maintain a global mindset. Disturbed by stories of the water crisis in third world Africa, we took a cue from companies like Tom's Footwear. We've planned a program in which we donate the equivalent of one pint of clean water for every pint of beer sold in our tap room." $1,695 pledged of $25,000 goal with 21 days to go

Dead Burger
A film project about zombies by Abomination Films. "Five friends are stranded against the zombie horde when a voodoo priest raises the dead to destroy the town that dared to serve him a tomato!" $1,103 pledged of $5,000 goal with 32 days to go


Thanks for the write-up and promo! We're 27% funded as of, well, now.

Some great rewards available for folks in the area: compost consultation, advice from our affiliated experts in cooking, baking, biking, composting, & gardening. Custom-designed-and-printed TBR shirts. The best reward, of course, is knowing that you helped launch this enterprise and enabled our "Uptown Summer" program to happen.

This is a great project. Congratulations and good luck to Abby, Collard City Growers and the Troy Bike Rescue. Once again, it makes me wish I was still living in Troy....

The Podprop met the Kickstarter funding goal! Thank you to AOA for helping spread the word. Feel free to contact me if you are thinking of launching a Kickstarter project or developing a product. I'm happy to share what I've learned. Ken

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