My husband and I have a dream of self-sufficiency. One day, we want to sit on our porch swing with our miniature donkey and gaze upon our vegetable patch, our grape vines, our apple orchard, our chicken coop and our barn full of rescued cats hanging out with our cows and think: “We never need to go to the grocery store again!” Alas, in our small townhouse a few minutes from downtown Calgary, the best we can do right now is a plot at our community garden and a chest freezer in our basement (ideally stocked with meals full of home-grown ingredients but currently full of breastmilk).After planting in early June, by July and August we had more salad greens than we knew what to do with in our little garden.We ate delicious mixed salads with baby kale, arugula, red leaf lettuce and beet greens at lunch and dinner. Alas, the growing season in Calgary is painfully short. I had hoped for a second crop by planting again in the first week of September … but there was snow on the ground by October.
Our community garden plot currently looks like this:We strive to eat fresh, leafy greens at most of our meals, which outside of July and August means we are spending about $5 per week on this:
I know, I know. Salad in a box is lame. But we really prefer mixed baby greens over plain-old green lettuce. Plus, if I don’t have time to wash myself more than twice a week, I certainly don’t have time to wash a bunch of different types of lettuce to make a perfect mix. I shudder to think about the environmental impact of my pre-washed salad and its plastic box, shipped up to me from somewhere in the US. Can we even call it “fresh” at this point? (And whenever there’s a consumer recall for packaged salad greens contaminated with salmonella or listeria … I shudder.)
This is why I was intrigued when Organiponic, Inc. approached me to help promote their current StartEngine campaign. (StartEngine is similar to a crowdfunding website, but it lets companies “raise capital by offering investment opportunities to the general public.”) Organiponic, Inc. wants to bring fresh produce to your kitchen table by actually having it grow on or near your kitchen table!
How do I get one?
Organiponic’s StartEngine funding campaign is currently underway and seeking investors. Visit their StartEngine page to find out different ways to invest! And if you’re not looking to invest but would love to eventually bring an Organiponic unit home with you, use social media to let potential investors know that there is a huge market for a product that lets families eat GREEN (in all senses of the word) and save green (just the money sense) at home!