Magic Beans - Community produce sharing

By Sarah Grant

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Magic Beans - Community Produce Sharing

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Magic Beans- be a part of the magic!

With your generous support, we will develop Magic Beans – a sharing platform that will connect people in the same neighbourhoods, to exchange home-grown produce and assist each other in growing fresh, healthy food. 

 

Magic Beans is a movement that fosters community connections, locally-produced food, reduced waste, minimisation of household carbon emissions, sustainable land use, and biodiversity.  

 

We've had over 5 years' experience supporting a community in Hawke's Bay to grow their own food, learn skills to make their gardens flourish, and connect with each other. By creating our own bespoke platform to host a larger Magic Beans community, we can take the Beanie movement to the rest of New Zealand and the world! 

 

concept

Our new platform will not only allow us to expand to other regions, it will mean that we can offer a more customisable and localised experience for members, allowing them to easily list and swap their excess produce with people living nearby, and manage notifications for listings and messages. 

  

We'll provide great gardening tips, stories and inspiration, and connect members to local, relevant businesses with special deals. Magic Beans will be free to use! We think that everyone has the right to fresh, healthy food that doesn't cost the earth and we want to inspire everyone to grow some of their own food at home. You won't have to be an experienced gardener, just willing to grow for it! 

  

We will offer a paid subscription for those interested in accessing additional features. For a low-priced monthly cost, the subscription will give you access to a food growing calendar for your region, an exclusive subscriber newsletter with extra-special deals, tutorials from expert gardeners, and exciting giveaways. 

 

There are so many good reasons to join the Bean Team...

G2When we share our excess, we make healthy, fresh food available for local people who want it – FREE, and reduce food waste.

Half of Earth's biocapacity is used to feed us. Localising food drastically lowers the steps in the food supply chain, significantly decreasing emissions.

Be a part of the sharing economy; lower your food bill and eat fresh, healthy foods that don’t cost the    earth (literally- you’ll actually be helping the planet!).

Be more resilient to supply-chain disruptions. Growing your own food means less reliance on external production and transport systems.

BeeMake friends, meet locals, build community and learn new skills. Work together to make the most of the resources you have in your own backyards.

Growing at home means we reduce the  packaging needed- this means less emissions from packaging production, and less waste in landfills and our environment.

Look after the biodiversity of life that helps produce our food. Protect food sources by providing a habitat for pollinators and the food web, right from your home.

Grow your own nutrient-dense organic or spray-free produce. Taking control of the food your family eats is good for everyone and our planet.

Growing even one type of food at home lowers the pressure on industrial agriculture systems. This is vital to sustainably feed 10 billion people by 2050.

 

So come on, join us! Let's make our communities, and the planet, happier and healthier together.

 

About us

 

AHAnneliese Hough

Co-Founder & Product Director

An avid foodie, Anneliese loves any kind of food adventure, from growing food, to cooking and of course eating it! This passion fuelled the start of the original Magic Beans Hawkes Bay Facebook group in 2015. Anneliese loves collaborating with others in her community to make the most out of shared food resources to reduce waste- she’s particularly known for her delicious plum and rose jelly.

 

Anneliese holds an Honours degree in Professional Creative Practice and after a decade of working in commercial/editorial photography made a career pivot into digital product design, with a particular passion for User Experience Design.

 

 

 

SGSarah Grant

Co-Founder & Managing Director

At home Sarah has solar power, a rainwater collection system, a worm farm, a large composting system that includes bokashi, and hens who turn food scraps into eggs. Sarah’s favourite gardening jobs are tending to her array of fruit trees, pruning and tying the berry canes, and watching her children eat fruit and veges straight off the plants.

 

Sarah is a passionate advocate for sustainability and environmental care and has recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management, which complements her undergrad degree in Business (Management). Before having her children (now 2 and 4 years old), Sarah managed environmental charities at the national and regional levels.

 

What your pledge is funding

Pledges cover the direct costs of custom software development and setup needed to be able to launch in New Zealand this summer, and start rolling out internationally shortly thereafter. We are working with a professional web development company to ensure we are building a high quality platform that will work beautifully for you, our users – we have budgeted $55k (based on in-depth quoting) for this. The remainder of the $65k crowdfunding goal is split between legal fees of $6000 (specific to the platform, so things like writing terms and conditions and ensuring regulatory compliance which protect the community, individuals and Magic Beans) and a small marketing budget to help us plan and deliver our launch communications ($4775). Pledgeme fees are 6.5% of the total value, or $4225. We are paying for all other costs ourselves, and take no personal income from Magic Beans at this stage. 

 

What we stand for

We’ve worked hard on understanding how and why people want to connect over home-grown food, and the environmental, social and health benefits of doing so. We have done a lot of background work on the platform design and functionality, and successfully achieving our crowdfunding goal means we can push the go button with our awesome developers immediately.  

 

Our Values

As an impact business, we intend to be here for the long-term. So, we have some core values that guide our decisions. These are: 

 

Give first – be generous and kind

 

Be thorough – do things well

 

Be focused – do the right things, in the right order

 

Honour our natural environment – enhance the ability of the environment to provide ecosystem services and protect ecosystem processes

 

Passion – give our energy, time and focus to the things that matter most

 

Be tenacious – be persistent, be resilient, be determined

 

Continuous improvement – constantly review data, outputs and outcomes and look for better ways of working

 

Our Vision

We envisage a global food system which is based on hyper-local home production and sharing of food within communities, to reduce environmental harm and increase social benefits, where people are empowered, inspired and educated to grow and produce food at home.

 

hands

Our Mission

Magic Beans is dedicated to improving the lives and health of individuals through the promotion and education of edible gardening, waste reduction and building stronger communities through the sharing of home-grown food.

 

 

Our philosophy

Magic Beans has a philosophy of generosity. It underpins everything we do. We work to serve our customers and to encourage the sharing of home-grown food, knowledge, gardening passion, sustainability and kindness. Our advertising partners are an important resource for our users – they provide value in constructive and interesting ways.

 

 

Our network

We’ve assembled an awesome support team to help us create the best possible product and business to ensure we can succeed – because succeeding to us means we can have maximum positive impact on people’s lives and on the environment on which we all depend. We have an amazing local web development team ready to go on the platform build, a fantastically supportive business mentor, an astute and lovely commercial lawyer, great accountants, an incredible marketing firm and a wonderful regional business partner. We have good internal systems and processes in place. We have been fortunate enough to have received a Callaghan Innovation Getting Started Grant, which helped us with R&D. We’re set up and active on multiple social channels. We learn from, and connect with, great people at every opportunity.

 

Sprout new friendships with Magic Beans

 

Watch this little video to see how lemon curd and an SOS for jars led to a beautiful friendship. Jacqui and Lucy met through a Magic Beans swap and quickly became besties. This is the Magic Beans way and we love Jacqui and Lucy's story! By coming together to support each other in our home food production efforts, we strengthen our communities and enrich our lives.

 

 

What our members say about us

 

Comments

Updates 3

Update #3: Newsflash! Read all about us!

25/09/2021 at 6:10 PM

Wow! We have been busy and so have our pledgers! Thanks to all of our pledgers who have supported us thus far, we are humbled by the brilliant support and messages we are receiving. We still have a long way to go to meet our minimum target – please help us spread the word by sharing with your networks and helping us bring Magic Beans to NZ and the wider world.

You may have seen or heard us in the media recently, we’re thrilled to have such great exposure. Here are the links to the stories for review:

Newshub / 3 News (23 September 2021) – (we’ll share this link when available)

Seven Sharp (23 September 2021) 

Radio New Zealand (22 September 2021)

bFM (13 September 2021) 

The Breeze Hawke’s Bay (6 September 2021) 

NZ Herald (5 September 2021)

Stuff.co.nz (2 September 2021) 

Hawke’s Bay Today

We talked about what we’re doing and why in this Facebook Livestream on the 28th of August. This is a really useful one to watch if you’re new to us. Learn about our history, the problems we’re addressing and how we see Magic Beans changing the world for the better.

Update #2 – 24 days to go, nearly half way!

14/09/2021 at 4:45 PM

Woohoo, we nearly have 100 pledgers so far and we’re nearly half way through our campaign.

We wanted to share some Magic Beans stories to let you know about some of the very cool things that happen when people get together to share home-grown food. Over the past 5 years, in the local Magic Beans group (which is the inspiration for our expansion NZ wide and internationally), we have seen some amazing stories of skill sharing, support, friendships and of course some fun, some weird and some wacky swaps and shares! These are some of our favourites:

·        * Lucy answered an SoS from fellow Beanie Jacqui for jars – Jacqui had some preserves on the boil and had run out of jars! The need was urgent! Lucy saw Jacqui’s call for help and lived close by – she had some jars she could spare and offered to drop them off to Jacqui. The offer was gratefully received and a simple sharing of what one person had for what another person wanted has grown into a beautiful story of a close and supportive friendship. You can see a video of Jacqui and Lucy talking about their story here.

·        * We’ve got some rather productive donkey’s owned by Beanie Michelle, who produce a lot of fertilizer on an ongoing basis. Michelle often offers up the proceeds of the donkey’s dinners for no swap, or the simple request of an apple or carrot for the providers.

·        * Jaxon offered his abundance of cucumbers for pickling or relishing, asking for a few jars to be returned to him in preserved state. He mentioned, “I love growing the food, but struggle to find the energy to think about preserves afterwards, despite a want for stocking up on them.” This was a great case of community skill and time-sharing which worked for all parties.

·        * The great zucchini glut of 2017 meant those that grew them, had them to spare, and in large quantities! Beanies gladly gave away as many as they could to those who could use them, and out poured a range of recipe ideas (zucchini chocolate cake anyone?!) to use up these delicious, nutritious and abundant veges.

·       * Chris had a bumper crop of kiwifruit off his vine – many boxes worth! He listed the sorts of items he wanted in return (eggs, avocados, oranges or any other vegetables or fruit) and swapped with several neighbourhood beanies what he had in abundance for what he needed.

·        * Over the years we’ve had a wide range of recipes, tips and tricks and skill shares contributed by the local community. We’ve had people connect to co-create grafted fruit trees – some have the skills, some have the rootstock and some have the scion wood – the conversation started and arrangement made to connect – how cool is that?!

·        * TK, one of our most active Beanies, is a super gardener – she is a star at growing from seed and supplies many local Beanies with seedlings throughout the year, and gets what she would like in return.

·        * In Summer 2017, our local region went into level 4 water restriction – that meant there was a total ban on outdoor watering from the municipal water supply! Not good news for home-food growers! Sarah offered to fill people’s containers from her bore to keep people’s gardens alive and thriving while complying with local water restrictions.

·        * Steve asked the community if anyone had any land he could use to establish some organic vege gardens on, and offered an ongoing supply of the seasonal veges each week as a thank you for the use of the space. A beautiful pairing of land, labour and food production.

These are some examples of community connection over home-grown food. Would you like to join the Bean Team? Pledging helps us to create a custom free to use platform to connect people in communities across NZ and the world to grow and share skills, space, time, friendship and of course – home-grown food!

Thanks so much for your support. Please help us spread the word by sharing widely with your networks.

- Sarah and Anneliese

Update #1

05/09/2021 at 7:09 PM

We’re 9 days into our campaign and very thankful for the support we’ve had so far (including multiple international pledgers!) – thanks to our 46 pledgers to date, you guys are rockstars leading the way!

We’ve had some awesome coverage on the stuff.co.nz website, we’re being featured on local radio tomorrow morning, and we have a bunch of other media interest both locally and nationally to help us spread the word which is really cool.

We wanted to clarify what the pledged funds will be used for. Pledges cover the direct costs of custom software development and setup needed to be able to launch in New Zealand this summer and start rolling out internationally shortly thereafter. We are working with a professional web development company to ensure we are building a high-quality platform that will work beautifully for you, our users. We have budgeted $50k (based on in-depth quoting) for this. The remainder of the $65k crowdfunding goal is split between legal fees of $6000 (specific to the platform, so things like writing terms and conditions and ensuring regulatory compliance which protect the community, individuals and Magic Beans) and a small marketing budget to help us plan and deliver our launch communications ($4775). PledgeMe fees are 6.5% of the total value, or $4225. We are paying for all other costs ourselves and take no personal income from Magic Beans at this stage.

We would really appreciate if you would please share the link to our campaign with your social networks and let them know why you support our goals. We know that people in healthcare and education in particular intuitively recognize the benefits of a free-to-use, local food growing and moneyless produce-sharing platform for human and environmental well-being, so it would be great to tag any healthcare professionals or educators you know to bring it to their attention.

We’ve got 4 weeks and 5 days left to get the word out to as many people as humanly possible on next to no promotional budget – time is tight but we’re optimistic we’ll be able to achieve a successful campaign and get development underway.  We’re always happy to talk – you can reach us on [email protected]

Have a great week!

Sarah and Anneliese

    Pledgers 186

    Fran Jon
    2021-09-27 19:31:14 +1300
    Pam
    2021-09-27 18:08:00 +1300
    Maya Carryer
    2021-09-27 17:07:31 +1300
    James Wilson
    2021-09-27 10:47:54 +1300
    yvonne Dickson
    2021-09-27 09:59:06 +1300

    "Great cause, good luck . Hope you reach the target"

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-09-26 21:39:40 +1300
    Sarah Williams
    2021-09-26 16:09:31 +1300

    "Awesome guys - good luck with raising the $$"

    Theresa Cabot
    2021-09-25 20:49:29 +1200
    Leisa Epplett
    2021-09-25 13:37:00 +1200
    Leisa Epplett
    2021-09-25 13:36:09 +1200
    Deborah Healey
    2021-09-25 11:27:21 +1200

    "Great idea, I'm all in 😊"

    Nicki Lampon
    2021-09-25 10:21:43 +1200
    Claire McGowanPledgeMe Staff
    2021-09-25 08:54:48 +1200
    Mark McGuire
    2021-09-25 06:22:54 +1200

    "Great idea. You've had success locally over several years and I'm confident that a well-designed App would enable you to take this further."

    Nigel Charman
    2021-09-24 20:16:13 +1200
    Nicky Mercer
    2021-09-24 16:07:43 +1200
    Tamara Cochrane
    2021-09-24 08:32:20 +1200
    Michelle Ibbotson
    2021-09-24 08:16:16 +1200

    "Go Magic Beans! "

    Natalie
    2021-09-24 07:18:51 +1200

    "Fabulous work team Saw you, well overheard you from the telephone last night. ☝🌈"

    Gretchen Gee
    2021-09-23 21:06:33 +1200

    "This is a fantastic project"

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-09-23 20:17:50 +1200

    "Awesome initiative!"

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-09-23 20:06:16 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2021-09-23 20:03:55 +1200
    Lil tH
    2021-09-23 20:01:03 +1200
    Judith
    2021-09-23 19:55:47 +1200
    Carole Sweney
    2021-09-23 19:45:02 +1200

    "Such a great idea. All the best to you both."

    Chris & Belinda Arthur
    2021-09-23 19:43:31 +1200
    Chinmaya Dixit
    2021-09-23 19:42:32 +1200

    "Saw this on the news and thought it was a fantastic Idea! All the best team!"

    Ali Jones
    2021-09-23 19:39:01 +1200

    "Excellent excellent! A great idea that needs support to become a reality. Let’s hope people see how wonderful this is and donate. "

    Antje Muller
    2021-09-23 19:29:54 +1200

    "Fantastic initiative! "

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    Magic Beans - Community Produce Sharing

    Project 2021-07-18 17:32:16 +1200

    Magic Beans- be a part of the magic!

    With your generous support, we will develop Magic Beans – a sharing platform that will connect people in the same neighbourhoods, to exchange home-grown produce and assist each other in growing fresh, healthy food. 

     

    Magic Beans is a movement that fosters community connections, locally-produced food, reduced waste, minimisation of household carbon emissions, sustainable land use, and biodiversity.  

     

    We've had over 5 years' experience supporting a community in Hawke's Bay to grow their own food, learn skills to make their gardens flourish, and connect with each other. By creating our own bespoke platform to host a larger Magic Beans community, we can take the Beanie movement to the rest of New Zealand and the world! 

     

    concept

    Our new platform will not only allow us to expand to other regions, it will mean that we can offer a more customisable and localised experience for members, allowing them to easily list and swap their excess produce with people living nearby, and manage notifications for listings and messages. 

      

    We'll provide great gardening tips, stories and inspiration, and connect members to local, relevant businesses with special deals. Magic Beans will be free to use! We think that everyone has the right to fresh, healthy food that doesn't cost the earth and we want to inspire everyone to grow some of their own food at home. You won't have to be an experienced gardener, just willing to grow for it! 

      

    We will offer a paid subscription for those interested in accessing additional features. For a low-priced monthly cost, the subscription will give you access to a food growing calendar for your region, an exclusive subscriber newsletter with extra-special deals, tutorials from expert gardeners, and exciting giveaways. 

     

    There are so many good reasons to join the Bean Team...

    G2When we share our excess, we make healthy, fresh food available for local people who want it – FREE, and reduce food waste.

    Half of Earth's biocapacity is used to feed us. Localising food drastically lowers the steps in the food supply chain, significantly decreasing emissions.

    Be a part of the sharing economy; lower your food bill and eat fresh, healthy foods that don’t cost the    earth (literally- you’ll actually be helping the planet!).

    Be more resilient to supply-chain disruptions. Growing your own food means less reliance on external production and transport systems.

    BeeMake friends, meet locals, build community and learn new skills. Work together to make the most of the resources you have in your own backyards.

    Growing at home means we reduce the  packaging needed- this means less emissions from packaging production, and less waste in landfills and our environment.

    Look after the biodiversity of life that helps produce our food. Protect food sources by providing a habitat for pollinators and the food web, right from your home.

    Grow your own nutrient-dense organic or spray-free produce. Taking control of the food your family eats is good for everyone and our planet.

    Growing even one type of food at home lowers the pressure on industrial agriculture systems. This is vital to sustainably feed 10 billion people by 2050.

     

    So come on, join us! Let's make our communities, and the planet, happier and healthier together.

     

    About us

     

    AHAnneliese Hough

    Co-Founder & Product Director

    An avid foodie, Anneliese loves any kind of food adventure, from growing food, to cooking and of course eating it! This passion fuelled the start of the original Magic Beans Hawkes Bay Facebook group in 2015. Anneliese loves collaborating with others in her community to make the most out of shared food resources to reduce waste- she’s particularly known for her delicious plum and rose jelly.

     

    Anneliese holds an Honours degree in Professional Creative Practice and after a decade of working in commercial/editorial photography made a career pivot into digital product design, with a particular passion for User Experience Design.

     

     

     

    SGSarah Grant

    Co-Founder & Managing Director

    At home Sarah has solar power, a rainwater collection system, a worm farm, a large composting system that includes bokashi, and hens who turn food scraps into eggs. Sarah’s favourite gardening jobs are tending to her array of fruit trees, pruning and tying the berry canes, and watching her children eat fruit and veges straight off the plants.

     

    Sarah is a passionate advocate for sustainability and environmental care and has recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management, which complements her undergrad degree in Business (Management). Before having her children (now 2 and 4 years old), Sarah managed environmental charities at the national and regional levels.

     

    What your pledge is funding

    Pledges cover the direct costs of custom software development and setup needed to be able to launch in New Zealand this summer, and start rolling out internationally shortly thereafter. We are working with a professional web development company to ensure we are building a high quality platform that will work beautifully for you, our users – we have budgeted $55k (based on in-depth quoting) for this. The remainder of the $65k crowdfunding goal is split between legal fees of $6000 (specific to the platform, so things like writing terms and conditions and ensuring regulatory compliance which protect the community, individuals and Magic Beans) and a small marketing budget to help us plan and deliver our launch communications ($4775). Pledgeme fees are 6.5% of the total value, or $4225. We are paying for all other costs ourselves, and take no personal income from Magic Beans at this stage. 

     

    What we stand for

    We’ve worked hard on understanding how and why people want to connect over home-grown food, and the environmental, social and health benefits of doing so. We have done a lot of background work on the platform design and functionality, and successfully achieving our crowdfunding goal means we can push the go button with our awesome developers immediately.  

     

    Our Values

    As an impact business, we intend to be here for the long-term. So, we have some core values that guide our decisions. These are: 

     

    Give first – be generous and kind

     

    Be thorough – do things well

     

    Be focused – do the right things, in the right order

     

    Honour our natural environment – enhance the ability of the environment to provide ecosystem services and protect ecosystem processes

     

    Passion – give our energy, time and focus to the things that matter most

     

    Be tenacious – be persistent, be resilient, be determined

     

    Continuous improvement – constantly review data, outputs and outcomes and look for better ways of working

     

    Our Vision

    We envisage a global food system which is based on hyper-local home production and sharing of food within communities, to reduce environmental harm and increase social benefits, where people are empowered, inspired and educated to grow and produce food at home.

     

    hands

    Our Mission

    Magic Beans is dedicated to improving the lives and health of individuals through the promotion and education of edible gardening, waste reduction and building stronger communities through the sharing of home-grown food.

     

     

    Our philosophy

    Magic Beans has a philosophy of generosity. It underpins everything we do. We work to serve our customers and to encourage the sharing of home-grown food, knowledge, gardening passion, sustainability and kindness. Our advertising partners are an important resource for our users – they provide value in constructive and interesting ways.

     

     

    Our network

    We’ve assembled an awesome support team to help us create the best possible product and business to ensure we can succeed – because succeeding to us means we can have maximum positive impact on people’s lives and on the environment on which we all depend. We have an amazing local web development team ready to go on the platform build, a fantastically supportive business mentor, an astute and lovely commercial lawyer, great accountants, an incredible marketing firm and a wonderful regional business partner. We have good internal systems and processes in place. We have been fortunate enough to have received a Callaghan Innovation Getting Started Grant, which helped us with R&D. We’re set up and active on multiple social channels. We learn from, and connect with, great people at every opportunity.

     

    Sprout new friendships with Magic Beans

     

    Watch this little video to see how lemon curd and an SOS for jars led to a beautiful friendship. Jacqui and Lucy met through a Magic Beans swap and quickly became besties. This is the Magic Beans way and we love Jacqui and Lucy's story! By coming together to support each other in our home food production efforts, we strengthen our communities and enrich our lives.

     

     

    What our members say about us

     

    Comments

    Update #3: Newsflash! Read all about us!

    25/09/2021 at 6:10 PM

    Wow! We have been busy and so have our pledgers! Thanks to all of our pledgers who have supported us thus far, we are humbled by the brilliant support and messages we are receiving. We still have a long way to go to meet our minimum target – please help us spread the word by sharing with your networks and helping us bring Magic Beans to NZ and the wider world.

    You may have seen or heard us in the media recently, we’re thrilled to have such great exposure. Here are the links to the stories for review:

    Newshub / 3 News (23 September 2021) – (we’ll share this link when available)

    Seven Sharp (23 September 2021) 

    Radio New Zealand (22 September 2021)

    bFM (13 September 2021) 

    The Breeze Hawke’s Bay (6 September 2021) 

    NZ Herald (5 September 2021)

    Stuff.co.nz (2 September 2021) 

    Hawke’s Bay Today

    We talked about what we’re doing and why in this Facebook Livestream on the 28th of August. This is a really useful one to watch if you’re new to us. Learn about our history, the problems we’re addressing and how we see Magic Beans changing the world for the better.

    Update #2 – 24 days to go, nearly half way!

    14/09/2021 at 4:45 PM

    Woohoo, we nearly have 100 pledgers so far and we’re nearly half way through our campaign.

    We wanted to share some Magic Beans stories to let you know about some of the very cool things that happen when people get together to share home-grown food. Over the past 5 years, in the local Magic Beans group (which is the inspiration for our expansion NZ wide and internationally), we have seen some amazing stories of skill sharing, support, friendships and of course some fun, some weird and some wacky swaps and shares! These are some of our favourites:

    ·        * Lucy answered an SoS from fellow Beanie Jacqui for jars – Jacqui had some preserves on the boil and had run out of jars! The need was urgent! Lucy saw Jacqui’s call for help and lived close by – she had some jars she could spare and offered to drop them off to Jacqui. The offer was gratefully received and a simple sharing of what one person had for what another person wanted has grown into a beautiful story of a close and supportive friendship. You can see a video of Jacqui and Lucy talking about their story here.

    ·        * We’ve got some rather productive donkey’s owned by Beanie Michelle, who produce a lot of fertilizer on an ongoing basis. Michelle often offers up the proceeds of the donkey’s dinners for no swap, or the simple request of an apple or carrot for the providers.

    ·        * Jaxon offered his abundance of cucumbers for pickling or relishing, asking for a few jars to be returned to him in preserved state. He mentioned, “I love growing the food, but struggle to find the energy to think about preserves afterwards, despite a want for stocking up on them.” This was a great case of community skill and time-sharing which worked for all parties.

    ·        * The great zucchini glut of 2017 meant those that grew them, had them to spare, and in large quantities! Beanies gladly gave away as many as they could to those who could use them, and out poured a range of recipe ideas (zucchini chocolate cake anyone?!) to use up these delicious, nutritious and abundant veges.

    ·       * Chris had a bumper crop of kiwifruit off his vine – many boxes worth! He listed the sorts of items he wanted in return (eggs, avocados, oranges or any other vegetables or fruit) and swapped with several neighbourhood beanies what he had in abundance for what he needed.

    ·        * Over the years we’ve had a wide range of recipes, tips and tricks and skill shares contributed by the local community. We’ve had people connect to co-create grafted fruit trees – some have the skills, some have the rootstock and some have the scion wood – the conversation started and arrangement made to connect – how cool is that?!

    ·        * TK, one of our most active Beanies, is a super gardener – she is a star at growing from seed and supplies many local Beanies with seedlings throughout the year, and gets what she would like in return.

    ·        * In Summer 2017, our local region went into level 4 water restriction – that meant there was a total ban on outdoor watering from the municipal water supply! Not good news for home-food growers! Sarah offered to fill people’s containers from her bore to keep people’s gardens alive and thriving while complying with local water restrictions.

    ·        * Steve asked the community if anyone had any land he could use to establish some organic vege gardens on, and offered an ongoing supply of the seasonal veges each week as a thank you for the use of the space. A beautiful pairing of land, labour and food production.

    These are some examples of community connection over home-grown food. Would you like to join the Bean Team? Pledging helps us to create a custom free to use platform to connect people in communities across NZ and the world to grow and share skills, space, time, friendship and of course – home-grown food!

    Thanks so much for your support. Please help us spread the word by sharing widely with your networks.

    - Sarah and Anneliese

    Update #1

    05/09/2021 at 7:09 PM

    We’re 9 days into our campaign and very thankful for the support we’ve had so far (including multiple international pledgers!) – thanks to our 46 pledgers to date, you guys are rockstars leading the way!

    We’ve had some awesome coverage on the stuff.co.nz website, we’re being featured on local radio tomorrow morning, and we have a bunch of other media interest both locally and nationally to help us spread the word which is really cool.

    We wanted to clarify what the pledged funds will be used for. Pledges cover the direct costs of custom software development and setup needed to be able to launch in New Zealand this summer and start rolling out internationally shortly thereafter. We are working with a professional web development company to ensure we are building a high-quality platform that will work beautifully for you, our users. We have budgeted $50k (based on in-depth quoting) for this. The remainder of the $65k crowdfunding goal is split between legal fees of $6000 (specific to the platform, so things like writing terms and conditions and ensuring regulatory compliance which protect the community, individuals and Magic Beans) and a small marketing budget to help us plan and deliver our launch communications ($4775). PledgeMe fees are 6.5% of the total value, or $4225. We are paying for all other costs ourselves and take no personal income from Magic Beans at this stage.

    We would really appreciate if you would please share the link to our campaign with your social networks and let them know why you support our goals. We know that people in healthcare and education in particular intuitively recognize the benefits of a free-to-use, local food growing and moneyless produce-sharing platform for human and environmental well-being, so it would be great to tag any healthcare professionals or educators you know to bring it to their attention.

    We’ve got 4 weeks and 5 days left to get the word out to as many people as humanly possible on next to no promotional budget – time is tight but we’re optimistic we’ll be able to achieve a successful campaign and get development underway.  We’re always happy to talk – you can reach us on [email protected]

    Have a great week!

    Sarah and Anneliese

      Fran Jon
      2021-09-27 19:31:14 +1300
      Pam
      2021-09-27 18:08:00 +1300
      Maya Carryer
      2021-09-27 17:07:31 +1300
      James Wilson
      2021-09-27 10:47:54 +1300
      yvonne Dickson
      2021-09-27 09:59:06 +1300

      "Great cause, good luck . Hope you reach the target"

      Anonymous pledger
      2021-09-26 21:39:40 +1300
      Sarah Williams
      2021-09-26 16:09:31 +1300

      "Awesome guys - good luck with raising the $$"

      Theresa Cabot
      2021-09-25 20:49:29 +1200
      Leisa Epplett
      2021-09-25 13:37:00 +1200
      Leisa Epplett
      2021-09-25 13:36:09 +1200
      Deborah Healey
      2021-09-25 11:27:21 +1200

      "Great idea, I'm all in 😊"

      Nicki Lampon
      2021-09-25 10:21:43 +1200
      Claire McGowanPledgeMe Staff
      2021-09-25 08:54:48 +1200
      Mark McGuire
      2021-09-25 06:22:54 +1200

      "Great idea. You've had success locally over several years and I'm confident that a well-designed App would enable you to take this further."

      Nigel Charman
      2021-09-24 20:16:13 +1200
      Nicky Mercer
      2021-09-24 16:07:43 +1200
      Tamara Cochrane
      2021-09-24 08:32:20 +1200
      Michelle Ibbotson
      2021-09-24 08:16:16 +1200

      "Go Magic Beans! "

      Natalie
      2021-09-24 07:18:51 +1200

      "Fabulous work team Saw you, well overheard you from the telephone last night. ☝🌈"

      Gretchen Gee
      2021-09-23 21:06:33 +1200

      "This is a fantastic project"

      Anonymous pledger
      2021-09-23 20:17:50 +1200

      "Awesome initiative!"

      Anonymous pledger
      2021-09-23 20:06:16 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2021-09-23 20:03:55 +1200
      Lil tH
      2021-09-23 20:01:03 +1200
      Judith
      2021-09-23 19:55:47 +1200
      Carole Sweney
      2021-09-23 19:45:02 +1200

      "Such a great idea. All the best to you both."

      Chris & Belinda Arthur
      2021-09-23 19:43:31 +1200
      Chinmaya Dixit
      2021-09-23 19:42:32 +1200

      "Saw this on the news and thought it was a fantastic Idea! All the best team!"

      Ali Jones
      2021-09-23 19:39:01 +1200

      "Excellent excellent! A great idea that needs support to become a reality. Let’s hope people see how wonderful this is and donate. "

      Antje Muller
      2021-09-23 19:29:54 +1200

      "Fantastic initiative! "

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