We would be more than happy to discuss any of your legitimate concerns in a forum that is more appropriate. My last email with Dr. Lefevre indicated an interest in knowing more about the regions we were looking at because he had postulated that some of the higher elevation areas in the state might actually support truffle growth if all other conditions were agreeable. Based on his comments as quoted below, I highly doubt Dr. Lefevre made the statement you suggest in your post.
His comments on point from his email to us on January 16th, 2012 were as follows:"The basic climate criteria is a place that is neither too warm in the summer, nor too cold in the winter. I have no doubt that there are suitable places in the mountains of AZ and NM, but I have not found one yet. Unfortunately, we really don't know what is too warm. All we have to go by are the warmest places where truffle production is known to occur.
I will be glad to work with you through the site selection and orchard planning process. I can be involved at a couple of different levels. One element of the site selection that I strongly recommend is to have a consulting soil scientist visit the site prior to purchase to ground-truth the soil survey and to verify whether it meets the basic soil criteria for truffles."
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It was Dr. Lefevre, not Garland Truffles who (indirectly) provided the $13k per acre price. You can find the basis here: http://www.oregontruffles.org
. This information is publicly available to anyone with the internet and some search acumen. In addition to the other expenditures required, the $13k per acre price assumes that you already have land in place. We have made clear that we do not. Again, I'm not sure where you are getting your information, but it's clearly inaccurate. As you mentioned the $13k per acre price is a QUOTE
and that suggests a beginning benchmark. And, for the record, to our knowledge Garland doesn't ask for a non-disclosure.
We know that truffles have been grow with limited success in the Piedmont, North Carolina region. A region with a climate very similar to some areas of Arizona.
As for why you would invest so much money into a high risk project we again direct your attention to the Manjimup project and answer the question in the simplest way...FOR THE LOVE OF TRUFFLES! As for the risk, you are correct. But the more important truth of the matter is that all agriculture is speculative - highly speculative. If you don't want to invest in the project, you don't have to. The entire purpose of opening the project up to crowdfunding was to seek other like minded people. You clearly are not one of those like minded people.
We have tried to be as transparent and as accurate as possible and we find your suggestions to the contrary unsavory at best. This is clearly not the forum to air your negativity, and so we welcome any offline conversation you wish to have by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We wish you well in whatever endeavors you are pursuing, and kindly request that you please stop filling this thread with misinformation.