Kickstarter We Love: TogetherFarm Blocks

August 26, 2013 | By | Comments (3)

By Paul Lee Cannon

Traditional raised-bed gardens are fine and dandy, but truth be told, they usually require a significant amount of time and space to build – luxuries many urban gardeners don’t have.

Portland’s TogetherFarm is on a mission to make gardening easier, sustainable  and more accessible for everyone – even if that means your growing space is the size of a broom closet. The company’s modular garden box system, TogetherFarm Blocks, resemble monster-size Legos and can be stacked to create raised-bed gardens of any shape and size pretty much anywhere. So that empty, narrow strip of space on the side of your humble abode? It can be an up-and-thriving patch of leafy greens in just minutes.

Assembled Blocks with Strawberry-1

Crafted from 100% recycled, BPA- and phthalate-free plastic and designed and manufactured entirely in the Pacific Northwest, the blocks don’t require tools, cutting, heavy hauling or really any elbow grease to put together. Designed for experienced gardeners as well as budding green thumbs, the blocks come in four colors (Earth Tone Orange, Earth Tone Blue, Earth Tone Green, and Earth Tone Beige), are easy to take apart and re-orient, and can be used over and over. Special holes in the blocks allow you to anchor them to the ground with a stake, and if you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can add a trellis.

“We think it’s going to be something that potentially revolutionizes how people garden and make it easier for people who may have had all kinds of barriers to gardening,” said Doug Holcomb, who co-founded TogetherFarm with fellow Portlanders Joe Aakre and Matt Stormont. “Now they can actually have a chance to have a garden of their own and begin to eat local organic produce right from their yard.”

TogetherFarm launched its Kickstarter campaign this week. To support their effort and pre-order a kit, visit http://togetherfarm.com/Kickstarter/

COMMENTS

  1. Doug Holcomb

    Hi Bonnie,

    Thanks for the comments on TogetherFarm’s Kickstarter project. Since the blocks haven’t been manufactured yet, we don’t know what the final retail pricing will be. Obviously, some of this depends on volume. So, the greater the volume, the lower we can price them. Our goal is to get the price as low as possible so that the most amount of people can access these.

    The blocks are packed with features! There are few other options that allow you to assemble a garden box without tools (and most of those options are pretty ugly). In addition, we haven’t seen anything on the market that allows you to customize a garden box the way that TogetherFarm Blocks allows you to do. We also have extensive plans to continue adding accessories to the modular system that will continue to enhance people’s gardening experience.

    Again, thanks for the input and thanks for your interest in TogetherFarm Blocks.

    September 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm
  2. Bonnie

    Nowhere on their kickstarter page or anyplace else have I seen practical information like how much will they cost retail and what is cost per unit to manufacture. Yes its a neat idea and looks good in pictures, but cost effectiveness can be very limiting. Who wants to throw money at a non workable idea?

    August 29, 2013 at 9:17 am
  3. Lene

    What a great idea! I am not a tools person, so this feels like it would make gardening a lot easier for me. And we have a small yard, so I could design the blocks to go around corners & maximize my gardening space.

    August 26, 2013 at 11:12 am

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