Maine Grains has a lot to smile about tonight.
Twenty-nine days ago, my beloved college roommate and rowing pal, Jennifer Barefoot was the first to pledge to my Kickstarter project. About 3 hours ago, backer Glenn Enoch took us across the finish line, with a day and a half to spare. Between and since those events, 285 of you have helped our start-up flour mill in Skowhegan, Maine raise nearly $30,000 to launch operations this spring out of a renovated jailhouse.
We are SO appreciative.
If Kickstarter has become your favorite new spectator sport too, here's a few statistics you might find interesting: Our most popular reward category is a tie between "no reward" and the bumper sticker (66 people in each). What does that tell us? You all are incredibly generous. And, in case you have had occasion to doubt the positive impact that technology can have in our lives and communities, a quarter of you heard about the project through Facebook, and almost half of you came to pledge directly through Kickstarter's website. Backers are local friends, distant friends, friends of friends, family, neighbors, mentors, and complete strangers. To all of you, we send a heartfelt, "Thank you".
We have another reason to smile at the mill (seen below). Last week, we got "Mack". "Mack the Knife" is his full name. If you're an oldies fan, you know the name as Bobby Darin's 1959 #1 Billboard Hit song about a ruthless hit man. Mack is Maine Grain's new organically approved, rodent prevention tool, a hit-man-in-training if you will. So far, he's a lovable, joyful bundle of fur.
We'll be in touch again soon about Maine Grains rewards and last minute incentives.
Thank you all so much!
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All contributors of $10 or more will receive a photo slide show of the renovation project and its accomplishments building a regional food hub- emailed to your inbox with a great big "thank you"!Estimated delivery:
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One, oval "Knead Dough?" bumper sticker.Estimated delivery:
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Beautiful black and white "Grist to the Mill" wood-block print carved by Skowhegan folk artist, Iver Lofving.Estimated delivery:
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Custom shipped 5lb. bag of fresh stone-milled whole wheat Maine Grains flour, and an oval "Knead Dough?" bumper sticker.Estimated delivery:
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A late breaking reward for the first 5 backers that pledge $200 to get Maine Grains to the finish line, an abstract three-tone print by a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture alumnus, Maya Hayuk. See a photo in my project update. Reward starts....NOW! (Easter Sunday, 10:00 pm).Estimated delivery:
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Coffee table book depicting the jail renovation project and describing the building of a food hub in rural Skowhegan, Maine.Estimated delivery:
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First 24 Backers will receive one of the original five- inch iron skeleton keys from the old jailhouse door locks. A priceless piece of history!Estimated delivery:
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Personalized wood-fired baking workshop in Maine with co-owner of the business, Michael Scholz using Maine Grains own flour -OR- your pick of stainless steel jailhouse furniture and fixtures (privies, hand washing sinks, mirrors) Must come pick up!Estimated delivery:
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