Bruderheim green thumb Nadine Stielow’s ATB BoostR campaign totals $29,617.
The crowd funding initiative has made it possible for Thiel’s Greenhouse to purchase a unique hydrophonic system needed to achieve their goal of growing fresh food.
“During the campaign itself you run the whole gamut of emotions from excitement and nervousness of launching, to mid-campaign blues when things stall for a bit and then the exciting and inspiring push to your goal,” explained Stielow.
She reached her target amount of $25,000 with nine days remaining in the BoostR.
“The day I hit the goal amount was extremely emotional. I opened the BoostR website to see 100 per cent and nearly dropped my phone,” said Stielow.
She felt quite humbled to know people believed in her project. The $29,617 will help with the projects overall cost of $150,000.
“The encouragement and positivity from the community at large was simply astounding,” she said. “It re-affirms my belief that so much can be accomplished with collaboration and community partnerships.”
Now that that they can purchase the hydroponic system, Stielow will be learning more about growing with hydroponics and also general fresh food production information.
Hydroponics is a unique method of growing plants without soil, in a water based environment. All mineral nutrients the plants need are in the water and the plants float on rafts.
Thiel’s began testing hydroponic growing last spring and by the summer had successfully produced lettuce, kale, strawberries and herbs.
The ATB BoostR campaign called, Nadine’s Fresh Food Scene: Grow it – Eat – Live it, ran from October 13 to November 27.