John PAWELSKI: Developer of Lil’ Farm Home Garden

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  • Tell us something about yourself, your background

I am a supposed to be retired but got bit real hard when the economy took a dive a few years back. It took me a couple of years to get my head straight and now I am working on selling my portable, compact elevated garden. I worked in the IT business for over 35 years providing programming and systems analysis to companies in Chicago, California and Colorado. I left that in the late 90’s and opened up a couple cellular phone stores in Colorado Springs, then a couple years in the mortgage business and then CRASH! Hopped around in different sales jobs for a few years until I came up with the Lil’ Farm Home Garden and developed it and am now marketing the product.

  • Tell us about the product you invented with a brief explanation

The Lil’ Farm Home Garden is a compact, portable and lightweight elevated garden target to the home gardener that desires a product which eliminates kneeling, weeding and wildlife defense. Someone that wants a product that doesn’t take hours to assemble, is heavy and immovable and will turn grey in a few months in the sun.  People with back or knee issues, wheelchair bound individuals or someone that wants to grow fresh herbs or vegetables for themselves or a small family without a lot of work.

  • How/Why did you start inventing. What set you off?

I designed the product for my mother, she is in her 90’s and loves to garden. Unable to get down to the ground, I decided to bring the ground up to her.  I knew that she would not want to bother my sister to assemble the unit, so it had to be easy and lightweight.  It took me some time to figure out the design to be lightweight yet sturdy enough to hold a few hundred pounds of wet soil.

  • How did you get from idea to finished product?

I went through quite a few ideas in regard to weight and support. I tried wood legs with hinges to fold the legs. It met the sturdy criteria but was still too heavy and hard to manipulate the hinges. I happened across furniture grade PVC pipe and knew this was the solution. I figured if companies could make furniture, which is abused by all weights of people, then holding a few hundred pounds in a static environment would work fine. I tested the design for holding weight and in the tough Colorado winter and the feel that it is ready for the spotlight of consumers.

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