Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Farrell.
Hi Sam, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I started The Regrowth Project (RGP) in New York in my hometown in August 2020 graduating from Penn State that May. Started out cleaning bags of trash from local parks. I moved down here in late July to start a full-time job, but I wanted to keep RGP going too, so now I clean bags of trash from the streets of Baltimore. It’s so easy to just pick up litter on the ground and throw it into the trash, so we try to spread the mission of picking up trash when you see it through public awareness. Litter in nature and in general is a crisis, and we believe that by doing our best to put eyes on the topic we can help solve it.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It’s been a very fun road, but smooth is probably not the right way to describe it. We’ve tried various methods of growth such as different social media platforms, and many ways to make money such as paid cleans, merchandise, and recurring monthly donations. The constant has been our presence on Instagram and our dedication to cleaning bags of trash every day.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
What we do differently from similar organizations are our daily Instagram posts and videos documenting our cleans. There are many organizations that clean trash, but we seek to make interesting, fun content to show people how easy and even fun it is to take care of local areas. You find some crazy and interesting stuff out there and while we are focused primarily on doing the job, we take our time to enjoy it and share it as well.
Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
Originally, I spent my last $1000 on shirts which I had no idea if they would sell. Ultimately, I made double my money on that investment and recouped the 1k within the first weekend. It was definitely uncertain not having a full-time job for a year and ultimately I ended up getting one, but spending the year building RGP as my sole focus is what allows me to do it now simultaneously even as I work and gain corporate experience.
- Shirts – $25 (S and M presently available)
- Dad Hat – $20
- Winter beanie – $20 (via website)
- Patreon -$5 a month for general support (patreon.com/theregrowthproject)
- Website: www.theregrowthproject.com
- Instagram: theregrowthproject
- Twitter: @TheRegrowth
- Youtube: The Regrowth Project
- Other: patreon.com/theregrowthproject, theregrowthproject on medium.com