This is the first in a series of posts with answers to the questions I’m getting about my kickstarter project to create an urban farm schoolhouse in my backyard. If you’re just joining me, check out this post to learn more about the project.
A: After doing my research for this schoolhouse project, I chose to set the goal amount, $12,815, on the conservative side. I appreciate every dollar you contribute up to and possibly over the goal. I will stretch every dollar raised as far as I can stretch it in order to make this schoolhouse a professional learning space.
So, what will the money pay for exactly?
- Insulation, Garage Door Panel, Drywall and Paint - These are critical to finishing the space and creating a warm, draft-free working environment that we can use year-round.
- Electricity (Outlets + Lighting) - Overhead lighting in the main space and pendant lights above the potting benches will give us light to work with, even during the winter months.
- Reinforced Roof - Adding reinforcing beams to the ceiling will prepare the roof to support the weight of honeybee hives for future beekeeping classes!
- Floor Treatment - An epoxy seal on the floor will provide a safer space for students and allow for faster, better clean up of everything from dirt to bits of mosaic glass.
- New Picture Window - A window installed on the west side of the garage will let more light into the classroom as well as provide a view of the chicken coop and principle teaching garden.
- Built-in Potting Benches with Stools - Two built-in potting benches will give us plenty of workspace for hands-on classes. Stools will allow students to work more comfortably, which is especially important for longer classes like mosaic.
- Seating - During the instructional portion of the classes, stools just won’t do.
- Multi-Media Package with Internet Access for Enhanced Instruction - Photos and video tutorials bring a lesson to life. These tools will help: a large white board, an overhead projector, a sound system, and a presentation mirror over the demonstration table.
- Storage and Hardware - Compact and efficient storage systems will store class materials, tools, and gardening supplies freeing up more space for learning.
- Fees - Kickstarter applies a 5% fee to funds collected and Amazon Payments collects a 3-5% processing fee.
Want to know more about this exciting project? Check out my kickstarter page!