Thinking about Food Kits
Here are some ways farming is becoming a service that is delivered directly to homeowners:
- Local farmers that sell their produce via subscription (CSAs). That’s already well underway.
- Local farmers that create and manage foodscapes. Basically, instead of paying for landscaping, we pay for foodscaping. I’ve met and interviewed people doing this and they are doing very well economically (it’s one of the few ways a farmer can make in excess of $20 an hour).
- Food kits delivered to your home. Basically, it’s a product that makes it possible to grow difficult/unusual organic foods at home. This isn’t a new concept, but it’s a concept that is undergoing reinvention.
NOTE: I supported Ryan’s company when it successfully launched on Kickstarter earlier this year. Additionally, Shlok visited the house he converted into a mushroom micro-business to do an interview. The good news is he delivered on his Kickstarter. I got the kit in the mail over the weekend and I’ll let you know how it turns out.
The big questions?
- What types of food are best grown using kits (rather than as starts/seed)?
- Can this scale? Repeated deliveries and/or number of modules in production.
- Can this be done in a way that is cost competitive?
I like these kits and I do think there is an opportunity for them in a home’s foodscape. I’m still grappling with these questions. Feedback is appreciated.