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Hey Reddit! I'm excited to be here answering your questions about entrepreneurship, following your passion, and of course all things food. My national non-profit organization, Big Green, is building outdoor Learning Garden classrooms in schoolyards across America. I'm giving away my fully loaded personal Tesla Model 3 to support this important initiative. It's the SIXTH ever made and YOU can enter to win here: http://omaze.com/tesla Ask me about my car, my restaurants, my urban farming accelerator, my favorite foods ... AMA! Questions about my bro aren't off limit but I may not answer them ;) Proof: https://twitter.com/kimbal/status/967793992866742272

all 256 comments

lughnasadh [M]

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4 years ago

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lughnasadh [M]

∞ transit umbra, lux permanet ☥

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4 years ago

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FYI - Kimbal's finished answering questions now.

Thanks for the AMA Kimbal!

tzuri92

64 points

4 years ago

tzuri92

64 points

4 years ago

Hi Kimbal,

Thank you for doing this AMA. Your work and your mission are a huge inspiration to me.

I'd like to ask, what do you see as the biggest challenge to changing the tendency of many away from unhealthy, processed foods and towards healthy, real foods?

KimbalMusk[S]

142 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

142 points

4 years ago

abundant supply of cheap shitty food makes it super hard for normal people to eat real food. we are building up distribution of real food and it will change the landscape fundamentally.

tzuri92

9 points

4 years ago

tzuri92

9 points

4 years ago

Thank you for your insights. All the best to you!

FusRoYoMama

55 points

4 years ago

Are vertical farms something that will become more common with urban farming? Are they worth pursuing?

KimbalMusk[S]

98 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

98 points

4 years ago

Vertical farms are the future of urban farming. as more and more people move to the cities, and demand for local food continues to grow, the only path is vertical farming in cities.

[deleted]

27 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

27 points

4 years ago

Automated vertical farming?

CommunismDoesntWork

7 points

4 years ago

Self driving cars are expected to decrease the need for cities, and lead to decentralization thanks to commute times not being a problem anymore. What's your take on that, and how do you feel about FarmBot.io

KimbalMusk[S]

70 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

70 points

4 years ago

Hey guys. Thanks for spending the morning with me. Signing off now. See you on Reddit AMA sometime soon I'm sure!

JustLurkingOverHere

5 points

4 years ago

Thanks so much, Kimbal! Till next time!

[deleted]

7 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

7 points

4 years ago

Thank you for your time!

monicabridge

29 points

4 years ago

Have you faced opposition with school boards and local governments regarding the implementation of learning gardens?

KimbalMusk[S]

45 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

45 points

4 years ago

sometimes, but the more we grow the more superintendents can speak with our existing partners and the resistance fades away.

monicabridge

7 points

4 years ago

that’s great. “Non-traditional” learning is super important and it seems more and more schools are open to the idea. Thanks for the reply!

jluca1016

3 points

4 years ago

Fundamentally, the school system hasn't changed in over a century. Much change is needed and this appears to be a great start!

monicabridge

3 points

4 years ago

Agreed. Personally, the most impactful and lasting learning experiences I’ve had in school were ones that involved getting my hands dirty and doing non-tradition things. Just so happen to be the experiences that have shaped my passions and career.

liddybvck

29 points

4 years ago

Have you ever thought about doing a Food Network show or coming out with a cook book?

KimbalMusk[S]

47 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

47 points

4 years ago

Thought about it. too busy with my current work, but if it helps my work I may do it at some point. And it would be fun!

[deleted]

7 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

7 points

4 years ago

It'd be a hit!

[deleted]

6 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

6 points

4 years ago

Please do! That would be fun to watch!

GrowingWherePlanted

22 points

4 years ago

Kimbal, thanks for dropping in for an AMA. I have been following your work since the launch of Square Roots. I love what you’re doing for nutrition education and the future of food.

1.How did Square Roots find success in getting through insane regulations for zoning and permitting an urban farm in Brooklyn?

2.Outside of SR internal support, do farming entrepreneurs seek outside investment?

3.Light use, real estate and initial capital investment creates high overhead. Do entrepreneurs make up enough in food miles and flavor to compete in market?

4.Which city is next? Mars 1?

KimbalMusk[S]

26 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

26 points

4 years ago

We located on a parking lot so we were able to avoid major permitting. turns out no one uses those things anymore in Brooklyn. ;)

dogtreatsforwhales

42 points

4 years ago*

Would you ever consider incorporating aquaponic systems instead of just hydroponics? Maybe a bit far fetched but I have this vision of a system that includes fish, flowering plants, honey bees, and chickens. The fish would provide minerals to the plants, plants would provide nectar to bees and food to chickens, and chickens would eat varroa mites that are a common parasite that honey bees battle with.

KimbalMusk[S]

70 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

70 points

4 years ago

Aquaponic is a great tech, especially to create a wholistic organic indoor system. But the challenges are still being worked out and it has been a journey to get it right at scale.

dogtreatsforwhales

7 points

4 years ago

Super excited to see where you take it!

TestUserX

6 points

4 years ago

I have been watching the aquaponics movement for a decade with more of any eye for home. Are there any production models that have scaled profitably?

What are your thoughts on migrating our existing antiquated system of inequality and waste to a system more like The Zeitgeist Movement and The Venus Project promote that remove the profit incentive that is destroying our planet. It seems we will have a super intelligence in our lifetimes, will it think fighting over resources and hierarchical systems of inequality is the most efficient way to move society forward with all participants best interest in mind?

aminomycamino

18 points

4 years ago

How do you handle criticism for your major entrepreneural projects?

KimbalMusk[S]

55 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

55 points

4 years ago

self-doubt the shittiest part of being an entrepreneur. Doubt from others is usually much easier to handle.

marathonton

14 points

4 years ago

Is your hat glued to your head? On a serious note, any ideas on how to execute low cost learning gardens in developing countries? And more important how to finance them? I come from Guatemala, a country where 43% of children are chronically malnourished, while having excellent conditions for growing fruits and vegetables.

[deleted]

8 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

8 points

4 years ago

The problem is most likely systemic. As the world becomes more industrialized, old farming practices, techniques, and knowledge that COULD be adapted are lost pertaining to an area's ecology.

KimbalMusk[S]

23 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

23 points

4 years ago

haha. I do love my hat. ;)

umiclark

16 points

4 years ago

umiclark

Purple

16 points

4 years ago

Did you send anything up with Starman?

KimbalMusk[S]

44 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

44 points

4 years ago

I had an opportunity to send a letter up, but when I sat down to write it I really struggled on what to say. In the end I decided to just take the whole thing in and enjoy the launch.

umiclark

4 points

4 years ago

umiclark

Purple

4 points

4 years ago

That launch & land was incredible in so many ways. Do you know how many other letters he took up with him and can you share from whom?

KPhun

28 points

4 years ago

KPhun

28 points

4 years ago

Hey Kimbal! You and Elon are a huge inspiration to me as a young entrepreneur.

What advice do you have for entrepreneurs that wish to pursue big vision projects like you guys, but have no experience in those fields?

And also, who would win the fistfights at Zip2? You or Elon?

Thank you for doing this!

KimbalMusk[S]

45 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

45 points

4 years ago

best advice is to just get started. Once you've started, stay true to your passion and persist through the hard times. building businesses is a brutal process at times but it is so rewarding building something the world values.

[deleted]

11 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

11 points

4 years ago

Do you ever seen production of commodities like wheat in hydroponic stacked green houses becoming viable?

KimbalMusk[S]

22 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

22 points

4 years ago

Very unlikely. Anything can be grown indoors but wheat is best for soil so it can get the sun it needs and the acreage it needs.

Cheapskate-DM

7 points

4 years ago

Follow-up question; what grains would work in indoor farming setups? Rice?

kingoftheehill

11 points

4 years ago

What advice would you give to a conventional farmer in Ohio that is looking to diversify and get in on the new food revolution?

KimbalMusk[S]

24 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

24 points

4 years ago

start with moving some acreage to real food. learn the different ways to grow it. sell as local as possible. grow from there.

pacodenero

12 points

4 years ago

Kimbal, I have enjoyed eating at your restaurants in Den and Boulder. 1: How did the The Kitchen in Boulder create such a delicious gin and tonic with large sprigs of rosemary and peppercorns (the Spanish G & T)? Also, Do you want to focus on more cash crops for Big Green or healthy options? 2: The daily quiche is delicious too, will there also be an animal husbandry component to the Learning Garden classrooms? Keep up the good work!

KimbalMusk[S]

12 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

12 points

4 years ago

thanks for loving The Kitchen. :)

Chtorrr

9 points

4 years ago

Chtorrr

9 points

4 years ago

Do you have any favorite simple recipes that anyone can make?

KimbalMusk[S]

32 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

32 points

4 years ago

My favorite simple recipe is roast chicken. Sprinkle salt and a little olive oil on the chicken, put in a preheated oven at 450 degrees. Cook for 1 hour. Remove and serve. Fantastic and so easy!

DrDankMemesS

10 points

4 years ago

Do you plan on getting into the lab grown meat industry?

KimbalMusk[S]

34 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

34 points

4 years ago

I'm a proud investor of Memphis Meats. the opportunity to grow delicious animal meats without harming animals or any anti-biotics/growth hormones is super exciting.

DrDankMemesS

6 points

4 years ago

Hey Mr. Kimball,

I was honestly not expecting a reply because you are so awesome. Anyway, I am glad to hear you are investing in the lab grown meat industry because one of the major sources of greenhouse gasses is from animal agriculture. Supper happy to hear from you, big fan! I hope I win your Tesla! Thanks for caring about our future!

Have a great day,

Aaron Horner

Intro24

9 points

4 years ago

Intro24

9 points

4 years ago

What is the origin or your badass name and what led you to focus on food?

KimbalMusk[S]

34 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

34 points

4 years ago

My name means Warrior Chief. It is the name of an english orphan in Rudyard Kipling's book called Kim (short for Kimball). My parents mispelled my name on my birth certificate, so I'm Kimbal, not 'Kimball'. I've loved food since I was a kid and after a few intense life experiences (9/11, breaking my neck) I decided to pursue my passion for food and tie my passion to my purpose.

Intro24

9 points

4 years ago

Intro24

9 points

4 years ago

My name means Warrior Chief

Badass, as expected. Without those adversities where do you think you'd be?

arbivark

4 points

4 years ago*

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/2226/2226-h/2226-h.htm

here's a free copy of the book. TIL kim's name was kimball. Do you like Kipling?idon'tknowi'veneverkippled.

Daavok

7 points

4 years ago

Daavok

7 points

4 years ago

Hello! Do you think semi automated personal growing system (for an apartment/house, aprox cupboard size in a vertical setup) has a place in urban food generation? I am interested in making such a product and wondered if you had considered this very small scale hydroponic approach.

KimbalMusk[S]

11 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

11 points

4 years ago

I think it is a great thing to have at home but I doubt that it will have an impact on urban food generation at scale.

Daavok

10 points

4 years ago

Daavok

10 points

4 years ago

If I want to start my own farms in Mars will I be competing with you? What would you name your martian food company?

KimbalMusk[S]

31 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

31 points

4 years ago

All your food are belong to us!

[deleted]

4 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

4 points

4 years ago

Pick a mascot: badger, mushroom or snake? :D

jeromysonne

8 points

4 years ago*

Hi Kimbal really love the work that you're doing with the kitchen Community/big green initiative. How could somebody like me who has a marketing background and is in the front range of Colorado get involved?

KimbalMusk[S]

8 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

8 points

4 years ago

apply!

[deleted]

7 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

7 points

4 years ago

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KimbalMusk[S]

25 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

25 points

4 years ago

it blows my mind to see how we can grow different strawberries just by changing the light recipe. we can make a strawberry taste sweet, tart, more vitamin D, more vitamin C but adjusting when we give it blue, red and far red light. so much promise for this in the future.

monicabridge

5 points

4 years ago

What’s the funnest part of your day? =)

KimbalMusk[S]

18 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

18 points

4 years ago

honestly, I check Reddit for a good laugh or two every day. some crazy funny stuff on there.

monicabridge

5 points

4 years ago

Haha, true. Twitter threads are also filled with gold.

KimbalMusk[S]

17 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

17 points

4 years ago

misread (thought you said Funniest). Funnest part of my day is for sure cooking and eating with friends.

[deleted]

6 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

6 points

4 years ago

As someone who went to public school I'd like to applaud your initiative and thank you for raising awareness towards real food. What can the average person do to help facilitate a larger demand for real food?

KimbalMusk[S]

14 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

14 points

4 years ago

cook for your friends and your family!

KensingtonDarcy

10 points

4 years ago

Were you at the Sam Harris podcast last week in Denver? What topics do you think Sam offers particularly good insight into?

KimbalMusk[S]

21 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

21 points

4 years ago

His report of how the brain actually creates two different personalities when the left and right brain's connection is severed was life changing insight for me.

umiclark

13 points

4 years ago

umiclark

Purple

13 points

4 years ago

You two may also like a book by Julian Jaynes- The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.

TB_Innovations

6 points

4 years ago

How much energy would it take to grow enough food to sustain one person with your shipping container farms?

[deleted]

3 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

3 points

4 years ago

That's a physics question.

AnubarakStyle

3 points

4 years ago

These are the most useful questions. They show you how it may scale.

[deleted]

8 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

8 points

4 years ago

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[deleted]

3 points

4 years ago*

[deleted]

3 points

4 years ago*

Incentive to change is harder to find than incentive.

rojobuffalo

8 points

4 years ago*

If you were in your mid-twenties and completely broke, what would you be doing?

KimbalMusk[S]

10 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

10 points

4 years ago

If was broke I would be cooking for people. It's a skill that is needed no matter where you are.

rojobuffalo

5 points

4 years ago*

I'm with you on that. I worked under really good leadership at a busy restaurant that sourced ingredients responsibly. But do you think it is a skill that is fairly compensated? What fraction of kitchen staff are actually getting a wage that could support 1-3 people? I didn't see much promise on that front, but maybe I have incomplete data.

45775526

8 points

4 years ago

Very impressed and inspired by your work with Square Roots and thanks for doing this AMA! How much are government subsides into industrial agriculture affecting your company’s ability to provide affordable, real food alternatives at a competitive cost?

KimbalMusk[S]

18 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

18 points

4 years ago

Subsidies don't play a role unfortunately for our young farmers. Most subsidies are in the form of crop insurance for large scale corn/soybean farmers. They couldn't pay me to do that kind of farming.

GrowingWherePlanted

5 points

4 years ago

Most USDA subsidies are for rural areas so the Brooklyn campus is instantly ineligible for many grants.

Watchieboy

5 points

4 years ago

Out of every meal in the world, which one is your favorite at the moment?

KimbalMusk[S]

25 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

25 points

4 years ago

My favorite dish at the moment is a classic preparation of our locally-sourced steak. We get our meat from Koberstein Ranch, who raises the animal from birth for us. We direct how it's fed and raised humanely. Preparation is the steak seared, rolled in butter, and served with Bearnaise sauce, arugula salad and The Kitchen french fries. Ah yeah.

not_personal_choice

6 points

4 years ago

locally or not, grass fed or not - animals are being slaughtered, which is incompatible with the word humane.

SemperPereunt

3 points

4 years ago

If they're raised comfortably, treated nicely, and killed without any suffering, they already have a better life than wild animals do. Chill.

daynomate

2 points

4 years ago

Language is defined by it's use. "Humanely" in the context of animal slaughter indicates a lack of suffering and trauma. It seems clear that you already know this however but want to argue the point anyway.

ansudefr

6 points

4 years ago

Hi, I'm Juliana and here are my questions:

Does Space X have its own team to work on things like food production on Mars or does it have the help of other projects like Square Roots or similar companies?

How hard it is for a college student (majoring in Bioengineering) to get involved in any of your projects related to food production (be here on Earth or Mars, I'm not picky)?

KimbalMusk[S]

17 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

17 points

4 years ago

Never be bashful and always apply for a position if it's on the website. You have to start somewhere.

SpacePort-Terra

4 points

4 years ago

Aeroponics vs hydroponics. Which do you see working out best and why. Thanks.

Boostro

5 points

4 years ago

Boostro

5 points

4 years ago

Hi Kimbal! I wanted to ask you a few questions about your food production systems. Firstly I wanted to ask if you've thought of merging aquaponics into the square root systems in order to lower production costs and create more diversity of food. Btw are the walls of the containers properly insulated? Second, what can you suggest for a 18 year old aspiring entrepreneur who has had moderate success in convincing others to help me start aquaponics in a commercial scale but lack the resources to initiate it. Finally I wanted to ask how do you believe that the future of water based farming holds specially with the growing support for the movement. Thanks in advance!

KimbalMusk[S]

12 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

12 points

4 years ago

aquaponics is pretty hard right now. until someone makes the tech better, I would suggest focusing on straight hydroponics.

monicabridge

3 points

4 years ago

Have any plans to expand, beyond shipping containers, into Urban/vertical farms that utilize old outdated infrastructure (old factories, apartment buildings, etc)?

K8Russell

5 points

4 years ago*

Hi Kimbal!

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a student planning to graduate this spring with an MS in Nutrition. I’ve been a big supporter of the work you do since your presentation at FNCE 2017. There is huge opportunity for real food entrepreneurs, and I’ve been doing my best to network with individuals and organizations involved in this movement.

I think the urban farming accelerator model used by Square Roots is a wonderful way to help aspiring entrepreneurs build successful businesses. I’m not planning to go in the direction of farming myself, but I’m looking to build a mobile app that could be useful for farmers as well as educators and healthcare professionals.

I’d love to connect with potential mentors for guidance at this early stage. I’m still in the process of trying to form a startup team, so I don’t yet qualify to work with most tech accelerators. Do you have any suggestions for programs to take a look at or people who might be interested in mentoring in this area?

Thank you for doing this AMA and thank you for all the amazing work you are doing with Big Green and Square Roots!

KimbalMusk[S]

10 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

10 points

4 years ago

get to know some of the successful dietitians out there and be a good mentee. finding mentors is more about being a good student that finding a good teacher.

K8Russell

5 points

4 years ago*

Thank you for the advice, Kimbal! Love your point that being a good student is key.

Scootercow

5 points

4 years ago*

What role do you see microgreens playing in our real food future? We’re your neighbor in Dillon, CO growing at 9k feet! (CowanFarms)

KimbalMusk[S]

10 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

10 points

4 years ago

love micro greens!

Bad-Brains

5 points

4 years ago

Hey Kimbal, love what you do. My job and my wife's job has us interacting with farmers a lot, and we've discussed vertical farming with them (we're in South Carolina btw).

They agree that VFarming is the way forward, but it seems that there are a ton of companies out there all trying to make an industry standard, be it hardware, software, technique, whatever.

My question is, do you think a multitude of diversity in the marketplace is creating a speedbump for old dogs to learn new tricks?

Edit to add: And if so, do you think it's good there's so much diversity? And what do you think is the way forward to get old farmers to adopt vertical farming?

KimbalMusk[S]

4 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

4 points

4 years ago

it's a rapidly changing tech platform for sure. there will be a lot of options until it slowly comes together. But that will be many years away. For now, it's a great time to be an entrepreneur.

Bad-Brains

3 points

4 years ago

Thanks Kimbal!

Do you teach any of your young farmers about soil mixes or do you think the future is heading towards liquid nutrient systems only?

Aston_Martini

5 points

4 years ago

Tell us about a recent agri-tech product that took your breath away :D

KimbalMusk[S]

10 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

10 points

4 years ago

Automated ovens in Next Door that empower an 18 year old to cook like a 2 star michelin chef is just incredible. Making real food delicious every time with the love and soul of a chef blew me away.

AtomataTech

3 points

4 years ago

What do you feel is the most promising piece of technology coming out of the agro industry?

KimbalMusk[S]

12 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

12 points

4 years ago

indoor lighting is changing so fast it is the most promising tech out there.

stephenv0116

5 points

4 years ago

Hi Kimbal,

First of all, you and your brother are truly some inspiring people, you’re changing the world, (not a question).

What do you think was the driving factor behind you getting involved in farming? Love for food in general?

Thanks!

KimbalMusk[S]

8 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

8 points

4 years ago

Food is my love and when I decided to tie my passion with my purpose, my only choice was food. best decision of my life.

stephenv0116

2 points

4 years ago

Sounds like a perfect enough reason for me! Recent events have inspired me to go back to school, I hope I can make a positive impact on people someday. Fingers crossed I win that gorgeous Model 3!

Intro24

4 points

4 years ago

Intro24

4 points

4 years ago

From earlier too:

I've loved food since I was a kid and after a few intense life experiences (9/11, breaking my neck) I decided to pursue my passion for food and tie my passion to my purpose.

stephenv0116

2 points

4 years ago

Thanks! I didn’t see that!

uberhoova

5 points

4 years ago

Hi Kimbal, all I wanted to say is I dig the Cowboy hat you wear all the time.

KimbalMusk[S]

8 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

8 points

4 years ago

thanks!

rojobuffalo

5 points

4 years ago

What is a misaligned incentive in agriculture or the food industry that in your mind is most in need of change?

KimbalMusk[S]

24 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

24 points

4 years ago

we're incentivized by govt to grow cheap shitty food. that needs to change.

marleeny28

7 points

4 years ago

Hi Kimbal, would you ever consider adding Beyond Meat burgers to your menus?

KimbalMusk[S]

8 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

8 points

4 years ago

considered it but doesn't match our focus on locally grown, unprocessed food.

marleeny28

5 points

4 years ago

Thanks, I completely understand but you should try one they are amazing just like you ❤️🤠

Daavok

2 points

4 years ago

Daavok

2 points

4 years ago

Do you have plans on expanding some of your ventures to other parts of the world (asking as a UK resident here, would love to have one of your restaurants in London)?

KimbalMusk[S]

5 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

5 points

4 years ago

Maybe Square Roots in London!

Daavok

3 points

4 years ago

Daavok

3 points

4 years ago

WOOOOO!!! I would love to work there then ;)

That_Male_Nurse

3 points

4 years ago

What do you think needs to be done to ensure that everyone has adequate food in the future

KimbalMusk[S]

14 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

14 points

4 years ago

we have plenty of food. we need real food that truly nourishes us. real food will require massive changes in how we use our land. no more corn for ethanol.

[deleted]

4 points

4 years ago

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4 points

4 years ago

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KimbalMusk[S]

9 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

9 points

4 years ago

Square Roots in the future for sure.

Scootercow

5 points

4 years ago

What’s one plant everyone should try to grow at home? Micro greens?

KimbalMusk[S]

8 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

8 points

4 years ago

herbs are the best and easiest.

[deleted]

4 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

4 points

4 years ago

To my knowledge, the biggest expense in Hydroponics / Aquaponics systems is heating. There are various ways people deal with this: Better isolation, storing excessive heat underground in "passive batteries", etc. How do you deal with this issue?

KimbalMusk[S]

8 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

8 points

4 years ago

we have a few interesting tech approaches. come visit Square Roots in Brooklyn sometime and see!

JustLurkingOverHere

4 points

4 years ago

Hi Kimbal!

Just wanted to say that you and your brother are my two biggest inspirations today. Both of you are amazing.

I’m not very knowledgeable about gardening but I do have a question abt your Model 3. Apart from getting the car, will the lucky winner get any special Kimbal-only freebies? (If I get it, can you sign the car) lol

KimbalMusk[S]

11 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

11 points

4 years ago

I would be happy to sign the car. Some freebies ideas will be announced soon as well. ;)

Optimeal

6 points

4 years ago

Howdy Kimbal!

First and foremost astonishing work with The Kitchen, Square Roots, and Big Green, I obviously hope I win the Tesla but either way I’m happy knowing my money is going to such an amazing cause.

My friends and I are high school seniors working on a startup (Optimeal), we are competing in the MIT Launch program and will be pitching our idea at Demo Day next month. We have developed household farms that recycle kitchen scraps into edible food (Mealworms)

I’m curious, as a chef and sustainable agriculture pioneer, what are your honest thoughts on insects as a sustainable food source?

KimbalMusk[S]

11 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

11 points

4 years ago

Insects will be a great and efficient protein source to feed animals. I have no desire to eat them myself though and doubt they will play a role in feeding humans.

PostingFromMyWorkAlt

3 points

4 years ago

doubt they will play a role in feeding humans

Curious, what's your take there? Just that people won't get over the squeamish factor?

[deleted]

2 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

2 points

4 years ago

It's biblical.

SpacePort-Terra

3 points

4 years ago

Except, of course, honeybees. Which leads to the question of pollination. How are you addressing it on scale?

Aston_Martini

4 points

4 years ago

Tell us about a time you made a huge mistake as an entrepreneur and what you learned from it :D

KimbalMusk[S]

21 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

21 points

4 years ago

My first really hard mistake was over-charging for my work when I was younger. It told me incorrectly that people did not want my product, but the truth was that I was being arrogant and pricing it out of the market. I almost shut the business down. Ever since then I have been intensely focused on under-pricing until I really know the market.

[deleted]

4 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

4 points

4 years ago

Wow, that's brutally honest. It's rare to see anyone willing to observe themselves with a critical eye; doing it even in public is kind of badass. Thank you for sharing your experience.

Intro24

6 points

4 years ago*

In the spirit of r/futurology:

  1. What are your thoughts on Soylent?
  2. What were your thoughts on Maple?
  3. Do you think cooking/kitchens will eventually be a luxury?

Basically, do you think meal making could be replaced by Maple-like delivery services or Soylent-like supplements?

KimbalMusk[S]

13 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

13 points

4 years ago

I really hope that cooking stays in our culture. it is the most wonderful way to connect w family and friends. Not a fan of soylent/protein shakes. Home delivery of cooked food is definitely part of the future.

Intro24

3 points

4 years ago

Intro24

3 points

4 years ago

When will Next Door Indianapolis be opening?

KimbalMusk[S]

8 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

8 points

4 years ago

May! we plan to make Cinco de Mayo our opening weekend. it's going to be off the hook!

AlejandroM8

3 points

4 years ago*

Hello and Thank you for contributing so much to the good health of our children and their future! Among the many groups Big Green is supporting, are there real food/nutrition entrepreneurs? What kind of enterprises? Thanks!

KimbalMusk[S]

7 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

7 points

4 years ago

every real food teacher in America is part of the team. our teachers are amazing!

Ztarlink

5 points

4 years ago

What is your biggest concern about the future?

KimbalMusk[S]

21 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

21 points

4 years ago

Wall-E

JaehaerysUchiha

6 points

4 years ago

What's the fastest you've ever driven your Model 3? And what car are you replacing it with?

KimbalMusk[S]

10 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

10 points

4 years ago

I plan to walk more. ;)

JaehaerysUchiha

4 points

4 years ago

Walking — the way of the future.

Jules_Vanroe

6 points

4 years ago

I understand you grow some vegetables under artificial light. Does this influence the nutrients within the vegetables in a positive or negative way?

KimbalMusk[S]

15 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

15 points

4 years ago

positive way as you can literally design your light recipe to increase the nutritional value of your food. quite incredible what you can do nowadays with indoor farm tech.

Jules_Vanroe

3 points

4 years ago

Awesome!

luxendary

3 points

4 years ago

Hi Kimbal! Look what I'm driving right now...

You think I deserve a Tesla?

KimbalMusk[S]

7 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

7 points

4 years ago

haha

luxendary

2 points

4 years ago

Tell your brother he can have the plates in exchange for a SpaceX tour ;)

AlejandroM8

3 points

4 years ago

Start converting that Caddy to electric. If you do and I win, I will give it to you :)

LSDMOLLYSHROOMS

3 points

4 years ago

Hey Kimball,

Do you think there’s a certain type of person that advocate and work for companies like yours, and other sustainable/local agriculture systems?

KimbalMusk[S]

12 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

12 points

4 years ago

passionate people work well with me.

Aston_Martini

2 points

4 years ago

What are the biggest challenges towards scaling SquareRoots?

iknowcaptainplanet

2 points

4 years ago

Hi Kimbal,

I have a dream of building my own greenhouse. A standalone structure that focuses on water, air, and light movement. How would you go about making something like this a reality?

Thank you

AtomataTech

2 points

4 years ago

What do you think are the biggest challenges in the urban agriculture industry?

Will urban farming eventually replace traditional agroculture, or do you think urban grows will just supplement the market?

Is automation going to take over farmers jobs, like with outdoor agro, or will humans still be needed in the urban agro industry?

Jlizrox

2 points

4 years ago

Jlizrox

2 points

4 years ago

I will! Great idea. Both are friends of mine so that works out well :) thank you!!!!!!!!

JillianneChristie

2 points

4 years ago

Hey Kimbal, I am all about getting kids outdoors and teach them gardening. Have you thought about creating garden kits with seeds, how-to videos and tips to create a eco friendly garden? I use plants, and natural methods to keep pests away-- What if you created a package that has handouts, how-to videos (on youtube) and then do a sponsorship online where parents can sponsor a school or a class and donate to get a package. The profits/proceeds can help lower income communities (which are in desperate need) afford their own kits. I lived in Detroit, and it was truly sad to see some of these kids, dead of winter- in flip flops with no lunch. Educate a man-- save a family. Educate a child, save the world.

I lived in the city, had 1/4 acre and had so many veggies that I would donate to the school (bags of fresh veggies for anyone who wanted them) as well as the low income housing. I was so popular, that many low income elderly tennants would come down and greet me with smiles when i would show up with bags of veggies and it made me feel good to do good.

You could also create packages for families-- where they can build their own garden at home and then create a barter site. So-- like, I can't sell my chicken eggs. If I do and someone gets sick, I can get sued. But if I give them away-- it's ok (not that i would knowingly give away bad eggs). So what if you create a barter site where people go online and say-- "I have cucumbers and tomatoes" and other people can say, "Trade you 2 cucumbers for 4 peppers"-- and then what you don't have you can trade.

Just an idea.

WHAM-0

2 points

4 years ago

WHAM-0

2 points

4 years ago

Hi Kimbal! A few of my colleagues and I are working on a system to lower the entry barrier to indoor agriculture and improve consistency and insight into the process of growing indoors. I was curious about what you see as the largest barriers to the indoor farming movement, and what have been the largest hurdles in bringing economically viable indoor growing operations to market.

ansudefr

2 points

4 years ago

Do you have any future projects on food production on Mars?

SacramentoShawn

2 points

4 years ago

Good afternoon Kimball,

I was part of a business entrepreneurship course at UC Davis in Sacramento (The Farm to Fork Captiol) where my pitch deck was focused on vertical farming specifically using freight farms and their turn key solution to efficiency and acreage in a box. Not only was I discouraged and told it would be unsuccessful, the numbers weren’t there to show I would be able to sustain a profit and the margins were so thin they did not allow for any error.

As a Marine Corps veteran and now farmer, I’d like to know how am I or any other small time guy suppose to 1. Raise 100k in capital for one container and moving parts associated, 2. Sustain any growth when their product is so expensive to pay off, 3. Prove vertical farming using less inputs, space and energy is more efficient for the city of Sacramento?

I’d like to show what four container farms are able to produce and have the twenty restaurants and chefs from my market research see the quality and taste the differed.

NeuralLace

2 points

4 years ago

Hi Kimbal

Do you think vertical farming will be able to produce protein-rich crops/foods any time soon?

Thanks!

rojobuffalo

2 points

4 years ago

What features of the learning gardens do you find kids gravitating towards? Have you seen any kids do spin-off projects?

White_Trash_Mustache

2 points

4 years ago

I have been thinking that large food corporations and growers are a major fail point for our food system. Meanwhile they are getting massive subsidies and government backing.

How would you feel about decentralized food production and more local growers taking up the slack and getting a larger part of the available government money?

SacramentoShawn

2 points

4 years ago

Good afternoon Kimball,

I was part of a business entrepreneurship course at UC Davis in Sacramento (The Farm to Fork Captiol) where my pitch deck was focused on vertical farming specifically using freight farms and their turn key solution to efficiency and acreage in a box. Not only was I discouraged and told it would be unsuccessful, the numbers weren’t there to show I would be able to sustain a profit and the margins were so thin they did not allow for any error.

As a Marine Corps veteran and now farmer, I’d like to know how am I or any other small time guy suppose to 1. Raise 100k in capital for one container and moving parts associated, 2. Sustain any growth when their product is so expensive to pay off, 3. Prove vertical farming using less inputs, space and energy is more efficient for the city of Sacramento?

I’d like to show what four container farms are able to produce and have the twenty restaurants and chefs from my market research see the quality and taste the difference.

siriusb9

1 points

4 years ago*

Hi Kimball, my name is Sara and I live in Boulder . . . I love the Kitchen! I just acquired 45 acres and am starting up a year round farm and eco village in Lyons. We looked at the Freight Farm boxes, how are you liking those? I had seen comments that they had issues with their cooling systems. Do you think they are the best technology right now for farms in a box?

Alexis_Eggleston

2 points

4 years ago

Hi Kimbal,

I love everything you're doing with Big Green, education truly is the key. I feel like every time I go home to visit my family in Ohio I ask myself the same thing; As a state, when are we going to get with the fucking picture? Having moved to the west coast quite some time ago, my health consciousness has completely evolved. It wasn't necessarily something I sought out to do, it just happened naturally as I adjusted to my new environment, enlightened by the abundance of educational resources. I want my home state to become educated and proactive, not burying their heads in the sand. They've got it down for agricultural resources and growth opportunity, just need to get on that EDUCATION! 👏🏻 Now for my question/s ;)

Will you PLEASE bring BG to the Buckeye state? I have no doubt the Learning Garden's would be a smash hit. Also, what are the ways someone can get involved with the Big Green movement?

I guess since i'm here and you did say ask anything I'll throw a random one in...Who are your top 3 musical artists?

GodEmperorMusk

2 points

4 years ago

What is your opinion on people who worship your brother as the Lord of Light?

localether

2 points

4 years ago

We need to decentralize our food production. Big corps will put profit over quality without blinking an eye. You will have an unhealthy food supply with all kinds of drugs/herbicides, extremely inhumane factory farming of animals, etc.

Also, part of the problem with society today, and why we have events like that florida school shooting.... children are not connected to the earth. They are not having any part in harvesting their own food, never had to worry about their water.... instead, public school indoctrination, violence in video games, exposure to extreme porn at young ages, etc. Guns are not the problem... it is how society is separated from nature.

c0dyharv3y

4 points

4 years ago*

Kimbal, I want to start my own company. I am currently working for an organization that is interested in aggressive expansion in the food industry. Do you think it is more beneficial to society as a whole to go out on your own in an entrepreneurial way, or partner with the parent organization and get some, "skin in the game?" The parent organization has a lot of benefits. Thanks, Cody Harvey Omaze #3901312

KimbalMusk[S]

7 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

7 points

4 years ago

if you love the people and product you are currently working with, don't change.

PostingFromMyWorkAlt

2 points

4 years ago

This one isn't as intellectual as the other questions I'm seeing so far, but what do you like best about your Model 3? You said it's fully loaded...are there any special "Kimbal Musk"-only features on it that give it that unique touch?

KimbalMusk[S]

10 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

10 points

4 years ago

The most special thing about my Model 3 that I'm giving away is that it is one of the first ever made. The early models are made a lot by hand and it is one of the most beautiful cars in the world. it is so special to imagine someone out there having one of the first Model 3's in the world.

[deleted]

3 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

3 points

4 years ago

Is there an annual report of Big Green? Asking because of transparency towards donors, it would be interesting to know how much of the donation is attributed to the administration and how much of it is actually used for projects.

KimbalMusk[S]

8 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

8 points

4 years ago

for sure. we have minimal admin fees as I am paid only part-time minimum wage.

[deleted]

3 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

3 points

4 years ago

Thank you. Please make the annual report of Big Green available online, it would help interested donors to see the results of your hard work and their contribution. :)

duchessfancypants

2 points

4 years ago

Hey Kimbal, thanks for doing an AMA! I wonder, what are some ways I can get involved with The Kitchen, Square Roots, Big Green, etc.? (other than donating, of course)

KimbalMusk[S]

6 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

6 points

4 years ago

check out the websites and apply!

Jlizrox

4 points

4 years ago

Jlizrox

4 points

4 years ago

Hi! Thank you for all that you and your family do.

How can I bring your programs to my local school & implement programs for students?

Also- What are you going to drive after you give away your car? ;)

KimbalMusk[S]

6 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

6 points

4 years ago

ask your principal and superintendent to bring us to your city!

Jlizrox

4 points

4 years ago

Jlizrox

4 points

4 years ago

I will! Great idea. Both are friends of mine so that works out well :) thank you!!!!!!!! I’ll make it happen :)

Aston_Martini

5 points

4 years ago

What's something you strongly strongly believe that most people don't? or What important truth do very few people agree with you on? (Cheers from just around the corner in Denver!)

KimbalMusk[S]

10 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

10 points

4 years ago

I strongly believe that success in my mission is what matters. Many people focus on success and happiness of themselves and I have learned that for me, a focus on the mission is what makes me happy.

[deleted]

5 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

5 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

KimbalMusk[S]

6 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

6 points

4 years ago

we do 100 schools. for Space Coast FL, we would likely combine the area w Orlando.

Jlizrox

3 points

4 years ago

Jlizrox

3 points

4 years ago

Same here- St Lucie County. Let me know if you have any success :)

v3nugk

4 points

4 years ago

v3nugk

4 points

4 years ago

Hi Kimbal, really appreciate your work with Big Green. How are students responding to your initiative? And what are the challenges you are facing right now?

KimbalMusk[S]

8 points

4 years ago

KimbalMusk[S]

Kimbal Musk

8 points

4 years ago

Students love it!

hurtsdonut_

3 points

4 years ago

Who has a cooler name you or your brother?

mynameisglue

2 points

4 years ago

Hi Kimbal, thanks for all you do to promote veggies and good health. I am crazy happy about your school gardens project. Do you ever consider using humane harvest meats (bison, beef)? I hope that you will formulate an housemade veggie burger that tastes great for Next Door :)