So I have had the email about subscriptions, it looks like it is charging me for my pod, but as Pioneers we already have one and I thought this would be discounted.

Also, could we use our seed balances for the first few months? I love Sofi and totally believe in it and the plants but I am on minimum wage and struggle getting through every month so cannot pay a subscription. It makes me sad because I wish I could as I would willingly pay @alexwalkerjones xx


I came here with exactly the same question.
As pioneers we have our pod already, and we’ve been working hard to get our seed balances up to go towards money off. I’m disabled and live on benefits, and as much as I’d love to be able to afford everything, I just can’t.


Hi, to answer your question (& @sammy), the following explanation of why we need to get a new pod with a subscription was posted by alexwalkerjones in the topic pinned to the top of the Treehouse about sofi moving forward


You read my mind @drmudlark, I was about to link to the topic that Alex replied to when I asked the same question


What about our seed balances? That could contribute surely as I thought that was the point of them?
I understand the pod issues.

As always I think you are doing an amazing thing x


I think once they have had a chance to breathe and get things launched they will probably use seeds to help, last I heard we didn’t know what value a seed was, I could be wrong on that, @alexwalkerjones will know, but I know she’s been run off her feet trying to answer questions about subscriptions as well as all the other behind the scenes stuff. I’ve placed my 12 month subscription order for passiflora, I’m a happy bunny at the moment.


@sammy I think what you’re saying is entirely logical … but we are thinking of something more “sofi” for the seeds. You see, on pricing, we have pretty much activated the platform at cost plus so it allows our existing base thag wish to continue to join at the price point that allows us to operate the system. Our plan is that for all early sign up pioneers to freeze their pricing for life. We are thinking of doing something differently with seeds - you see our three core guiding principles at sofi have been “purity of plants”, “power of people” and “preservation of planet” … we have worked hard to make these strong virtues from our formulation work, to the creation of this community or looking at our production material and processes. But we can do more.

We are going to begin to make a range of causes that align with sofi - specifically looking at folks working in biodiversity and conservation, mental and physical health and we plant to commit to these as a portion of our revenues. Which ones we commit to will be voted by our community here (using their seeds). We are also going to create a range of cool things (from planting tress to … sofi candles … working on this as soon as we get the activation on the other side), and these again will not be possible to purchase with money but only seeds in a special “seed bank / merch / cause” way … so the sofi seeds will be to bind our values, our pioneers and our causes together … but promise more this super soon! :heart::pray:


Thanks @Kaveh that explains the seeds a bit better.