First, I need to figure out a budget and then do a kickstarter. I was thinking that this would be my most ambitious kickstarter ever at $300k. My best ever kickstarter brought in $150k. Today I learned that somebody is offering to match kickstarter pledges up to $150k - so this makes the kickstarter goal $150k. (deets)
The plan is to hire
- five professional gardeners (deets)
- one professional manager
- one (maybe two) professional videographers
There will be some cost in seeds and fertilizers. There are kickstarter fees, and there will be costs for running a kickstarter. There could be other costs in video stuff. Calculating budge is here.
Each gardener will have one acre to attempt grow the million calories. A quarter of that must be flat and be "an organic garden" (deets). There are some minimums about crops and long term considerations here.
Maybe the prize stuff should be $20k to reach a million calories and $20K more for whoever gets the most calories over a million.
And maybe the hourly rate is about $35 per hour and pay starts jan 1 (but the gardener could show up later - like in march). So if a person shows up the first of january and works 40 hours a week through oct 31, then that would be $60,200. And if they harvest both bonuses, that's more than $100,000 for less than a year of work.
And then we need a sixth gardener here to be paid to do other gardening things ... standing by ... just in case there is a need to pop into the GAMCOD program.
Assuming that all five plots hit a million calories, then this makes the gardener budget 481k. The manger would be 100k. 2 videographers at 80k each is another 160k. kickstarter takes 10%. excavator: $10k, materials 5k and special advisors/commentators or guest appearances is 10k .... that brings us into the neighborhood of 800k.