Life of a Tree Community Plant based Shop

by Farmer Femi in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 16th April 2021 we successfully raised £10,915 with 77 supporters in 37 days

We aim to raise funds for a zero waste plantbased shop in East London to sell our own branded product range and other premium vegan products

by Farmer Femi in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

With the extra money raised I would like to purchase a cold press oil extraction machine so customers can see that we press there seeds for oil in house e.g. sesame oil, black seed oil...


Hi!

Farmer Femi is the name and farming is the game: I’m a graduate of Writtle Agricultural College, where I studied Agricultural Business   Management and specialised in organic farming. That’s where I fell in love with nature and farming!

Aim of our project

We’re fundraising for a zero-waste plant based community shop in East London to sell our own branded products and other premium vegan products.

My story

I’m a farmer from Brixton with a passion for organic farming, zero-waste living and community work. I’m the Founder and Director of Life of a Tree – a brand that connects customers back to nature by providing natural herbal products which are Vegan, Raw and Ethical.

I recently found a shop in East London that I want to set up as a plant based shop that’s zero waste and accessible to the community. This shop will help us grow our enterprise and provide job opportunities for local young people. It will help our customers learn about our production process and offer amazing coffees, smoothies and juices all pressed in-house. And it will house a small Kombucha brewery and oil extraction machine for pressing black and sesame seed oil for customers.

With your help, we’ll be able to rent out and transform this former supermarket in East London into a community-friendly plant based supermarket. Once we’re set up, we'll be making regular charitable donations to responsible environmental causes, donating surplus fresh produce to food distribution schemes like Brixton Soup Kitchen, and be able to make a real difference to our local area and the wider world!

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I grew up in Brixton, and like most people from the capital I felt a massive disconnect when it came to nature and food – but that didn’t stop me from studying agricultural business management in Essex.

I later landed my dream job working for a tractor manufacturer as a precision farming specialist, and soon after my entrepreneurial bone kicked in. I decided to take all this new-found farming experience and focus more on labour-intensive farming, rather than machine-intensive farming. In 2017, I flew to my birth country, Nigeria, where I made connections with other farmers and started my first Moringa farm. Later that year I founded my company, Farmer Fem Limited!

Through my work with the community, I realised many others have that same disconnect from nature. So, when I set up my company, I decided to employ local people to help package our products, empowering them to learn about nature and entrepreneurialism through my journey.

All our products are vegan, and we have a ‘cruelty free forever’ ethos. They are grown and harvested in-house to high standards, and no additives or preservatives are used. Our newest delicious product is our caffeine-free Moringa Kombucha – we can’t wait for you to try it!

Check out the rewards listed – I’d love to treat you for your pledge!


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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£75 or more

3 of 40 claimed

Life of a Tree Moringa Hamper

A big THANK YOU for supporting us, receive a Life of a Tree Moringa hamper which includes our great taste award winning 1x Moringa Teabags (40 bags), 1x Moringa powder (100g), 1x Moringa seeds (50g), 1x Moringa Oil (150ml) and a bottle of Moringa kombucha (330ml). You will also see your name on our Wall of Gratitude. Thank you!

£10 or more

Friends of Life of a Tree

A big THANK YOU for supporting us, see your name on our Wall of Gratitude in the shop.

£20 or more

Tote bag with Life of a Tree logo

A big THANK YOU for supporting us, receive a Tote bag with Life of a Tree logo and see your name on our Wall of Gratitude in the shop.

£30 or more

4 of 100 claimed

Annual discount

A big THANK YOU for supporting us, receive a one year membership (usually £35) to receive 10% off all refills on every shop for a year and be the first to receive news of updates/promotions. You'll also have your name on our Wall of Gratitude. Thank you!

£50 or more

1 of 50 claimed

Moringa Tea/Coffee Lover

A big THANK YOU for supporting us, receive a gift card loaded with 25 cups of Moringa Tea or Coffee of your choice to be redeemed within a year and see your name on our Wall of Gratitude. Thank you!

£100 or more

5 of 30 claimed

Moringa Tea subscription

A big THANK YOU for supporting us, receive a monthly subscription of our award winning organic Moringa tea. You'll also receive a thank you card and your name will be added to our Wall of Gratitude. Thank you!

£500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Moringa Tea/Coffee Connoisseur

A big THANK YOU for supporting us, receive a gift card loaded with 365 hot drinks of your choice. You'll also receive a Life of a Tree tote bag, a Life of a Tree T-shirt, a thank you card and also your name will be added to our Wall of Gratitude. Thank you!

£1,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Gold Reward

A big THANK YOU for supporting us, receive a 5 year membership which gives you a discount of 10% off all products online or in store, a monthly subscription of our award winning organic Moringa tea, a shop tour, a virtual fermentation workshop, a Life of a Tree Tote bag, a gift card loaded with 365 hot drinks of your choice, a Life of a Tree T-shirt. You'll also receive a thank you card and your name will be added to our Wall of Gratitude.

£5,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Platinum reward

A big THANK YOU for supporting us, receive a 10 year membership which gives you a discount of 15% all products online or in store, a Life of a Tree hamper (see above reward) each month for 1 year, a shop tour, a virtual fermentation workshop, a gift card loaded with 365 hot drinks of your choice. You'll also receive a thank you card and your name will be added to our Wall of Gratitude. Thank you!

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