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Perks delivery: coming soon

Dear Ulule’ backers,

Hope this news find you all well. As some of you have noticed, we are a little overwhelmed by the amount of work these last months delaying ‚Äúa bit our perks‚ÄĚ delivery. In fact, that‚Äôs the best news: we are working hard not only on the challenges related to perks delivery but also for improving results in what was promised and what is to come!

The first perk we want to cover is really special for us. The goal was to collect 3500‚ā¨ among the 15000‚ā¨ to help a special school in Barcelona which educate childrens with special needs:¬†http://www.escolasagrera.cat.¬†The objective of this funds is to offer something new in their curriculum through the installation of an Aquapioneers Ecosystem, its maintenance, and organization of children's activities for one year.¬†We are very happy to have started this project on time, and actually before what was expected :) ¬†facilitating the contact of La Sagrera students with nature and its magic through aquaponics. You all deserve a "cheers" for helping us to start this path. So, please, all together: CHEERS!¬†Throughout this year we will meet and experience aquaponics both at their school and at our space near Barcelona in Can Valldaura, ¬†to exchange the practice of aquaponic farming with the traditional school curriculum of a 12 students group.

During our first meeting, we visited their reality, spending one day at their school, attending classes and observing the methodology teachers are using to inspire and guide the students.

One month later, in October, we invited the group of students and their teachers to discover ‚Äúour world‚ÄĚ and spend an entire day with us at our experimental aquaponics greenhouse. To help them understand how aquaponics work, we organized three small workshops around the plants & fishes we¬†grow¬†and the¬†microrganisms that help balance our ecosystems.

To share how the magic of aquaponics is opening their eyes on how natural ecosystems work, we have decided to create a web serie about the evolution of our collaboration. For that we will regularly publish ( aproximately every month) a small video on our Youtube channel ! First video at the end of the month :) so stay tuned !

As you have noticed, we have some "natural" delay regarding the delivery of this perk. At the end a project is not a project if there is no delay, right? But no worries, we are working hard to have everything ready for the last week of November and we will announce it on our social medias. So, if  you don’t follow us on Facebook, Twitter y Instagram this is the right time to do so :) We have to admit that we are much more active there than in this newsletter;)

Regarding to the kits delivery for Barcelona’s backers, we have to confess that we also have some delay. However, we are working on it with full gas! The delay in this process is quite natural, because we have spent significant time looking for a local manufacturer based in Barcelona that share our values and that has the ability to print our kits for reasonable price considering our tiny production activity. But we found it!  Let’s introduce you NODO Arquitecture, a space in Poblenou dedicated to design, digital fabrication and architecture.

After several meetings with NODO’s team adjusting the last design details, we have found the ideal measurements for the kits that can be made of wood and other surprising materials that future Barcelona's buyers will be able to choose. Our next visit to NODO will be to get the wooden structure of our crowdfunding supporters, assemble them and deliver them throughout December.

For the others rewards, like seeds delivery and discovery¬†workshops at our experimental greenhouse, ‚Äč‚Äčwe will contact you by email next week :)

Wishing you a wonderful day and thanks a million again for your understanding,

The Aquapioneers team.