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Sep 2, 2015 8:30 EST

Green Skies Vertical Farm: It makes sense to beautify vacant lots and grow produce as near to the consumer as possible

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 2, 2015
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Personal Story

My name is David Ceaser. I have been an urban farmer for the past 4 years. Prior to that I managed an organic farm located in the central valley. I have also worked in real estate and been a teacher. My studies include agroecology, horticulture and business.

I am married and have 4 wonderful children, ranging in age from 8 to 21 years of age. My farm is located in Oakland, CA.

Business Description

Green Skies Vertical Farm is a modular farming system that can be set up on vacant lots in urban areas. Green Skies was founded in 2013 and grows and sells microgreens, herbs, wheatgrass and plant starts. We currently sell through Good Eggs, Farmigo and a local CSA.

I decided to start this business because I think it makes sense to beautify vacant lots and grow produce as near to the consumer as possible. Our farm is currently producing at one location and hope to open a second location within a year.

What is the purpose of this loan?

A Kiva loan will be incredibly valuable to meet three short term funding needs. First, we need to improve aspects of the farm. The money will allow us to purchase a larger refrigerator since our current refrigerator is at capacity. It will also help us to upgrade our on site restroom facilities ($2,500). Second, the loan will be used to pay for organic certification through CCOF ($750). Finally, the loan will help hire and train a farm apprentice and acquire some new equipment associated with increase production ($1,000).

These three improvements will be very valuable. Organic certification will increase the pool of potential farm clients. An employee will help increase production on site to meet increased product demand. The loan will definitely result in a revenue increase and allow for increased profit in the long term, and expansion to a second site next year.

We also plan to expand to a second location in 2016.
$5000 will be used for site acquisition, including permits and associated
fees, initial rent/deposit payments and initial setup of this new site.

Contact Information:

David

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