Riverside Home Grown

Help our family launch our new business of self susstainability for all, while at the same time helping to reduce global food shortage.

Unfortunately, this project was not successful

Project Aim

Help our family launch our new business of self susstainability for all with backgarden farming while at the same time reducing the global food shortage by being able to produce compact and reliable food systems.

About us

We are a family of 5, with a goal to be as self sufficiant as possible and would love to see our Home grown food systems in use around the world. But lets start small. The garden centre has been around for over 30 years and the current owner is leaving for pastures new. Ideally located in the small village of Comrie, perthshire, the heart of scotland.

What the money is for

The funds are to purchase the business, pay rent and utilities as well as to aquire new stock and raw matirials for our own range of products. Build a basic website with e-commerce and video equiptment for tutorials.

However if we are able to raise £10,000 we will have sufficiant capital to complete the development of both our indoor and outdoor aquaponics range and increase our stock with a wider variety of products.

If we can get to the £15,000 we will be able to complete of our compact farming system and hope to install a farming and gardening system in our local school as well as build a fully developed website.

The Problem

According to the Global sustainability institute humanity will be catastrophicly short of food by 2040 if nothing is done to remedy this situation now. The FAO (UN's food and agracultural organisation) found that Currently 5% of the population in 79 developing countries are under nourished.

Personally we found that with rising prices, drop in flavour and unknow quantities of chemicals in our food we were struggling to justify buying from stores, we wanted a safer, cheaper, and all round tastier way to eat healthily. unfortunately these systems are few and far (very far) between with very little choice.

The Solution

Home Grown. Initially a system made from scrap that grew fruit and vegtables and raised fish all in the bathroom of a flat, now we are developing the system to encompass not just the aquaponics but chickens and bees too.

To further this idea of incorporating different systems in one facility we want to bring backgarden farming of all aspects to a single location, from chickens and bees to pigs and geese, flowers and fruit trees to vegtables and cheeses. Everything you might need to produce your own food easily and affordability under one roof, with the possibility of earning a little extra from the spare produce you harvest.

What we want to do


  • Bedding plants
  • Alpines
  • Shrubs
  • Herbs
  • Fruit trees and bushes
  • Vegtable gardening
  • Indoor gardening (Terrariums, Aquaponics, herb gardens)
  • Mushroom growing
  • Aquaponic systems
  • Ponds
  • Rockery
  • Fish
  • Poultry (chickens, ducks and geese) equiptment
  • Bee keeping gear
  • Kids gardening
  • Garden decorations
  • Ornaments
  • Garden tools, utensils, composts and equiptment
  • Garden games
  • Fishing gear
  • Survival gear
  • Classes & Tutorials
  • Fundays
  • Books
  • Gifts